MS Dhoni should bat at No 4 or 5 for Chennai Super Kings – Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir wants MS Dhoni, the skipper of the Chennai Super Kings, to bat high up in the batting order in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The IPL will resume from September 19 with CSK’s match against the defending champions Mumbai Indians in Dubai.

Speaking on Star Sports show Game Plan, former Team India batsman Gautam Gambhir spoke about MSD’s batting order.

“MS was a player who would’ve actually batted at number 4 or 5 but we’ve seen in the first leg that he normally bats at number 6 or 7,” said Gautam Gambhir.

“There are times when he’s actually pushed Sam Curran before him as well.”

Gambhir feels that Dhoni’s plan to bat lower down the order might hurt CSK.

“MS Dhoni is probably trying to be a mentor and a wicketkeeper, who can lead the side and keep wickets. If the situation comes to a point where he probably has to play 8 or 10 balls, he can just go out there and whack them,” said Gambhir.

“It’s going to be difficult for him because once you are not playing international cricket, the IPL is a very difficult tournament, its not like CPL and other leagues. IPL is where you face top-quality bowlers.

“For me, I think the biggest challenge for CSK will be that the top-order needs to fire because that’s not the case anymore,” he added.