MS Dhoni reveals ‘Why Jadeja bowled CSK’s decisive final over against Delhi Capital’

Sudev Haldar
3 years ago

Delhi Capital has won the match against Chennai Super Kings. Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten century guided DC to 5-wicket win.

However, what caught more eyes was when the CSK skipper MS Dhoni gave Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the crucial final over when there were two left-handers at the crease.

With 17 runs to defend off 6 delivery, Jadeja’s display in the final of the game was very poor as DC cruised home in the end with one ball to spare after the CSK allrounder conceded 22 runs off his five deliveries.

This caused a lot of outrage amongst fans as people started to question why was Jadeja given the last over to bowl instead of someone like Dwayne Bravo. However, after the match, Dhoni did provide a clarification behind this change in bowling.

“(Dwayne) Bravo was not fit. He went out and didn’t come back,” MS Dhoni said during the post-match interview.

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“The options were Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) and Karn (Sharma). I went with Jaddu,” he added.

In chase of a target score of 180, DC got off to a terrible start after CSK pacer Deepak Chahar pulled off an efficient caught&bowled effort to remove Prithvi Shaw for a duck off the second ball of the chase.

Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan held the other end firmly for DC as Marcus Stoinis (24) and Alex Carey (9) got dismissed by Shardul Thakur and Sam Curran. However, Dhawan kept on going and his resistance paid off in the end as the DC opener bagged his maiden IPL century off 57 deliveries, DNAIndia reported.

Going into the final over, DC needed 17 runs with Dhoni giving the ball to Ravindra Jadeja. In what first looked like a near-impossible task, Axar Patel made it look easy and guided DC to victory in style with a massive six with one ball remaining.

Input from DNAIndia

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