On Monday, April 4, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won by 12 runs over the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). This was CSK’s first game back at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway did a great job at the top of the order to help CSK set a target of 218 runs for the team led by KL Rahul. Moeen Ali, an English all-rounder, took four wickets, which helped the home team limit LSG to 205 for 7 in 20 overs.
The pace bowling of the four-time champions, on the other hand, seemed off, as they lost a lot of extra runs in their second game of the cash-rich league. In their game against LSG, CSK had 12 wides and 3 no-balls. Notably, in their first game on March 31 against the defending champions Gujarat Giants (GT), they also bowled four wides and two no-balls.
In this way, Sunil Gavaskar, a former Indian batter, thinks that CSK would be better off with an internal system where bowlers would be penalized for giving an extra.
Gavaskar said, “Maybe they should have some kind of punishment in the team.”
Ian Bishop, a former bowler for the West Indies, also had something to say about the situation. He said that he had talked to MS Dhoni about this, and that Dhoni had said that Hangargekar bowled well, but that no-balls were not okay.
“After the last game, we talked to Dhoni. He said Rajvardhan Hangargekar did very well, but “no-balls” are not good enough, Bishop said.
They’ll need to bowl fewer wides and fewer no-balls: Dhoni
MS Dhoni said it was unacceptable to give extras and that they should stop giving no balls and wides. He also said that they would get a new skipper if they gave away a lot of extras.
“They will have to bowl fewer wides and fewer no-balls. “We are bowling too many extra balls, and we need to stop doing that or they will get a new captain,” the CSK captain said at the end of the game.
After two games this season, CSK has two points. On April 8, they will play at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai against the Mumbai Indians (MI), who have won the IPL five times in a row.
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