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‘MS Dhoni batting at number 9 not working for CSK’, Irfan Pathan urges THALA to bat higher up the order

Irfan Pathan urged MS Dhoni to consider playing higher up after the former Chennai skipper’s performance at number 9 against Punjab in Dharamsala. Dhoni faced a golden duck against Punjab and fell victim to Harshal Patel’s crafty slower yorker that deceived the batsman in the encounter in Dharamsala on Sunday.

Irfan Pathan and MS Dhoni

Irfan Pathan then expressed his disappointment MS Dhoni was assigned the number 9 batting position for CSK during their match IPL 2024 encounter against PBKS on Sunday, May 5 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. Throughout the ongoing tournament, the 42-year-old Dhoni has typically found himself at the crease with around two overs left in the Super Kings’ innings.

Dhoni then got a golden duck against Punjab Harshal Patel dismissed him with a deceptive slower yorker that dived at the batsman. Pathan highlighted the importance of Dhoni batting up the order given the form he has shown with the bat during the championship.

“MS Dhoni at number 9 doesn’t work for CSK, it doesn’t help the team’s cause. I know he’s 42, but he’s in good shape. He should take responsibility for breaking the order. He needs to bat at least 4 to 5 overs. He bats for the last over or the last 2 overs and that does not serve the purpose for CSK in the long run,” Pathan told Star Sports.