With age, batting down the order was like quicksand to me, says CSK captain Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday admitted that with age, batting down the order was like quicksand to him, adding that ge might be changing his game, necessitating a move up the order in T20 cricket.

“I was sure in my mind that I wanted to bat up the order, because with age, me batting down the order was like quicksand,” Dhoni said.

“I wanted to make sure that I wanted to take the responsibility of winning the game, but I was coming so [far] down the order that I was not giving time to myself”, he added.

The CSK captain said, “So, it was more like quicksand: the more I flutter, the deeper I would go. So, I said that I want to make a team where we bat deep, that gives me a chance to bat up the order, and to me up the order doesn’t mean I want to bat at three, four or five; it’s the number of overs (left in the innings)”.

With 455 runs in 16 matches, Dhoni, 36, was one of the driving forces behind CSK’s title win in IPL 2018. Dhoni’s tally was just six runs short of his most productive season ever.

He also faced 302 balls – it was only the third time he had faced more than 300 balls in a season.

 

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