South African and Chennai Super Kings batsman Faf Du Plessis have praised his captain and teammate, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for his ability to hit all around the ground.
VIVO IPL 2018: Dhoni has the ability to make life difficult for any captain, says Du Plessis
In the previous match on Monday, the league leaders CSK had faced the bottom-placed team Delhi Daredevils. In that match besides Australian Shane Watson’s blistering 78 knock, skipper Dhoni made an unbeaten 51.
This led to the team’s total well past 200 and eventually handed them a 13-run victory. Dhoni, with his power hitting in the current season of the Indian Premier League, has proved his critics that he is not yet finished.
“Dhoni is in really good form at the moment, so it’s extremely tough to bowl to him when he is in a form like that. He has got such a big arch and if you want to bowl wide he can still hit you to the leg side,” Du Plessis said at the post-match press conference.
“He has got a lot of options, so it makes life difficult for a bowler and a captain because he can hit any ball to wherever he wants to. That kind of form is obviously very important to us,” Du Plessis added.
Another important member of the CSK team this season has been Ambati Rayudu. His ability to adjust himself at any position has made him a valuable player, both as an opener and also as a number four batsman.
“Rayadu’s flexibility has really impressed me. I have really enjoyed watching him bat in this IPL. The ability to come in and score boundaries from the first ball is a very difficult skill. That ability to come at four and five and score a boundary straight-away, not a lot of people can do that,” Du Plessis said.
“With Suresh (Raina) at three and (Rayadu) at four, if we get off to a solid start, the two can just come in and play their natural game which can be dangerous for the opposition. So we are fortunate that we have got a lot of options in the batting unit,” the South African skipper concluded.