Former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar believes that MS Dhoni will have a very good IPL season. The Chennai Super Kings skipper have not been in action since the world cup last year.
Despite this, there has been a huge anticipation over IPL 2020 just to see Dhoni back in action. Dhoni had officially retired from test cricket in 2014 but continued playing in shorter formats. But there is a huge uncertainty over his international cricket career since last summer.
A strong and proper IPL season could propel him back into the national team. According to recent reports, Dhoni has already started practicing hard for the upcoming tournament.
“I think he is going to be very good and one of the reasons that he is so successful and so consistent in the IPL as a batsman as opposed to international is that he knows that there are about four to five bowlers to handle,” said Sanjay Manjrekar on the Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
Manjrekar added: “And there are some good ones and there are some not so good ones in the IPL. In international, you have got five quality bowlers, so he’s so good at picking out those guys and going after them.”
No Doubts on Fitness Levels
If there is one thing that can be guaranteed, then that is MS Dhoni’s fitness. Despite his old age, Dhoni is one of the fittest cricketers in cricketing world. He is an elite athlete and Manjrekar feels Dhoni can find a way to keep himself fit for a long time.
“People like Tendulkar, Dhoni, these are champion cricketers,” said Manjrekar. “Once they are on the public stage… you will never see Dhoni ever on a public stage, like a cricket field, looking slightly unfit or unable to sprint or run.
“During Virat Kohli’s wedding, I had a little corner time with him and he said that as long as I am beating the fastest sprinter in the team, I am going to consider myself fit enough to be playing international cricket or playing high-level cricket.”
On the other hand, with a huge dip in quality in bowlers in IPL, Sanjay Manjrekar believes that Dhoni can efficiently pick the bowlers and target runs.
“So, as a batter, with MS Dhoni in the IPL, I don’t see much difference. In fact, the conditions that we have, I keep saying, is just perfect for Dhoni, where’s it’s going to be about the mind and not just power hitting,” said Manjrekar.
IPL 2020 will begin next month and Chennai Super Kings will once again be favorites to win the title. Under the leadership of Dhoni, Chennai managed to keep the core together and make some exciting additions.
CSK are planning to reach UAE at the earliest possible date and prepare for the mega event. On the other hand, Dhoni will feel IPL is the most important tournament for his international career.