The Indian Premier League season 16 got off to an incredible start on Friday, March 31 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad with the opening match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings. The defending champions got their campaign off to a great start as they defeated CSK by 5 wickets.
CSK introduced Tushar Deshpande as their ‘impact player’ who replaced Ambati Rayudu during the second innings. The bowler didn’t have a great day as he gave away 51 runs in 3.2 overs and picked just one wicket. Sehwag said that Dhoni could’ve used off-spinner Moeen Ali instead of giving the ball back to Deshpande and done some damage control.
“Had Dhoni used an over from Moeen Ali somewhere in the middle, he may not have needed to go to Tushar Deshpande, who was highly expensive. You don’t see MS Dhoni making such mistakes often, but that’s where you could use the risk-and-reward approach of using an off-spinner when right-handers are batting,” said Sehwag on Cricbuzz.
Sehwag impressed with Rajvardhan Hangargekar
“A new player will always take time to adjust and if I were the captain, I would be pretty happy as I always used to tell my bowler that even if you get hit for 40 runs in four overs, pick up 2-3 wickets and that’s exactly what Hangargekar did,” the former India opener added.