Dubai: Chennai Super Kings take on defending champions Mumbai Indians on Sunday in Dubai in match No 30. On the eve of the match, former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has made a big statement on CSK skipper MS Dhoni and allrounder Ravindra Jadeja’s batting spots in the side. Manjrekar reckons CSK would benefit if Jadeja was ahead of Dhoni.Also Read - MS Dhoni Joins Team India in Dubai For T20 World Cup Campaign as Mentor
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, here is what Sanjay Manjrekar had to say about CSK: “Jadeja should bat ahead of MS Dhoni. I think so (CSK will do well) because their approach has changed and Moeen Ali and Sam Curran have become impact players so they should perform better than the last time we saw them in UAE.” Also Read - IPL 2022 | Decision on MS Dhoni's Retention Will be Taken Only After Knowing Rules: CSK
Usually, Dhoni comes in ahead of Jadeja, but it would be interesting if CSK adopt this idea. Also Read - IPL 2021: 'Loved Each and Every Moment', KKR Coach Brendon McCullum Heaps Praise on Eoin Morgan and Co.
Manjrekar also suggested that CSK play Australian fast-bowler, Josh Hazlewood. “I think Moeen Ali, they should get both their fast bowlers in Hazlewood and Lungi Ngidi. And if there is a little bit of turn, Imran Tahir,” Manjrekar said.
Mumbai Indians will have a psychological edge over Chennai because of Dhoni’s team average record in the UAE. CSK finished at the bottom in 2020 – it was their worst campaign ever in the T20 league.
While CSK is second on the points table with five wins from seven matches – 10 points – MI is fourth with four wins — eight points — from seven games. Both sides would like to start the UAE leg with a win. In the first phase in India earlier in the year, Mumbai beat Chennai convincingly by four wickets.