Aakash Chopra: M.S. Dhoni’s turn-around sensational

For table topper CSK, the top and middle-order have clicked — with Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Suresh Raina, skipper Dhoni and West Indian Dwayne Bravo all having scored runs when needed.

Aakash Chopra said that he was pleasantly surprised with the way M.S. Dhoni has turned things around.   -  PTI

Former India batsman Aakash Chopra believes that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has the best batting unit in 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) and the way its skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has rewound the clock is sensational.

“Chennai Super Kings is one side who are playing with only five batsmen and they are still good enough to score 200 runs, nine out of 10 times. So they (CSK), currently, are the best batting unit in the IPL,” Chopra said after launching the “Aakash Chopra Official App”, in collaboration with a US-based tech firm, EscapeX.

For table topper CSK, the top and middle-order have clicked — with Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Suresh Raina, skipper Dhoni and West Indian Dwayne Bravo all having scored runs when needed.

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Chopra also said that he was pleasantly surprised with the way Dhoni has turned things around. “I am pleasantly surprised. If you have asked me this question about a year ago, I would have said, things are not looking great,” said the 40-year-old former Delhi and India opener.

“He is taking too much time, maybe the T20 format is no longer his primary format because what he could do at 25, he is not able to do at 35. But then, the way he has turned it around, the second wind seems to be stronger than the first and he has rewound the clock. It is absolutely sensational,” said the cricketer-turned-TV commentator.

Chopra also feels that the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), which is in the third position, has the best opening pair formed by West Indian Chris Gayle and K.L. Rahul, who are, both, in terrific form.

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“Kings XI Punjab has the best and the most explosive opening combination. However, the cream is at the top, there are serious issues to be addressed down (the order),” he said.

Coming to Mumbai Indians, which is languishing in the seventh place, Chopra said that it would be very tough for the defending champion to make it to the playoffs and he does not see it happening after Tuesday's defeat in Bengaluru.

“Till Tuesday, I was very optimistic. After Tuesday's loss (to Royal Challengers Bangalore), I am pessimistic. Six out of six will be very tough and I don’t see that happening.”

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“It is a great side, but they have not clicked as a team. If they haven’t clicked thus far, there is little chance that they will somehow get on the roll and win six (games) on the bounce. Now, it is perhaps a bit too late,” said the former batsman, who had played 10 Test matches.

The ex-cricketer’s app will have content, contests and giveaways through the unique social feed that will enable the fans to directly interact with him.