The UAE leg of IPL 2021 is going to start from September 19. In the very first match of the tournament, Chennai Super Kings have to take the field against five-time champions Mumbai Indians. However, the CSK camp is concerned about the fitness of the players. Suspense remains on the play of Faf du Plessis, while the lack of Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo is going to disturb the team in the first match. In such a situation, former West Indies legend Ian Bishop believes that if Chennai is to perform with a bang on UAE soil, then team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to play with more responsibility. According to Bishop, the CSK captain should keep himself ready for this in view of the players’ injuries.
Talking on the show of ‘ESPian Cricinfo’, the former West Indies player said, ‘If Faf du Plessis and Sam Karen do not play and Dwayne Bravo is also not fully fit, then Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to take more responsibility on himself. For this they should be ready.’ Many players in Chennai are older than other teams, but the good thing is that Mahendra Singh Dhoni understands this very well and in the last phase we saw that he changed the batting order accordingly. I think this time also if a batsman like Faf du Plessis is not in the last eleven, then the responsibility will fall on Dhoni.
The performance of Chennai Super Kings in the first leg of IPL 2021 was excellent and the team won 5 out of 7 matches, while the team had to face defeat in just 2. Openers Faf du Plessis and Rituraj Gaikwad scored the most runs for CSK. At the same time, Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja also appeared in excellent rhythm. However, the last time Mahi’s team was trapped on UAE soil and could not make it to the playoffs for the first time in the history of IPL.