'MS Dhoni is not bigger than the game,' says former India captain

Aubrey Yates
April 14, 2019

"You will never see a captain storm out onto the field to have a discussion with the umpires".

Former India swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct, had been let off easy and the Chennai Super Kings' skipper should have been banned for at least two or three games.

Sunil Narine was the pick of KKR bowling with figures 2/19 that included a wicket-maiden when he cleaned up Faf du Plessis (24) to end the powerplay. So, Imran Tahir and Kuldeep Yadav could be the X-factors.

The IPL has continued to garner a larger audience with 345 million viewers in India tuning in over the first two weeks, a 14 per cent increase from a year ago for the same period, broadcasters STAR Network said.

Between MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik, it's advisable to pick the former in the team. "This is the best ground, the best pitch in the country".

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Delhi had earlier won the first-leg at home.

If both sides play to their potential, we could be in for a cracker of a contest at the Eden. Hailed as the "Captain Cool" in cricket, Mahi's incredible ability to make decisions easily has seen him lift all the three prestigious ICC trophies. Whether that's indicative of an increased combative streak or a direct effect of the situations he found himself in, one can't tell, but what can't be denied is his form.

Santner kept his cool though and took two from the next ball to leave himself needing four to win from the last. Quite a few of them have played here at the Eden Gardens on many occasions so they will know what to expect and let's hope they can make the adjustments as quickly as possible.

Dhoni's passion whenever he wears the yellow CSK jersey is unmatched and at times his involvement for his franchise in the cash-rich league shows. He has been trusted by his captain to play wherever the team requires to, and could appear anywhere between opening the batting to number 7, depending on the availability of Chris Lynn and Narine.

On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings is expected to have a full squad to choose from.

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