Du Plessis: ‘Difficult to plan and bowl to Dhoni’

The South African skipper said that he is impressed with Ambati Rayudu’s form, especially his flexibility in adapting to different roles.

M.S. Dhoni’s 22-ball 51 against DD, on Monday, which helped CSK get its sixth win of the IPL 2018.   -  PTI

Chennai Super Kings opener Faf du Plessis had high praise for his skipper M.S. Dhoni after the latter’s 22-ball 51 against Delhi Daredevils on Monday, which helped CSK register its sixth win of the 2018 Indian Premier League season.

“He is in really good form at the moment, so it’s extremely tough to bowl to him. He has got such a big arch and if you want to bowl wide, he can still hit you to leg side. It makes life difficult for the bowler and the captain to plan and bowl to him,” said du Plessis.

The South African skipper, who opened the innings, also said that he was impressed with Ambati Rayudu’s form, especially his flexibility in adapting to different roles. “Rayudu has been excellent at the top, but the flexibility he has shown has really impressed me. He has that ability to come at four and five and score boundary straightaway, which not a lot of people can do, and I personally feel is the best position for the team.”

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The 33-year-old also spoke about how well compatriot Lungi Ngidi bowled on his debut after losing his father a few weeks back and revealed the latter would have played even earlier, if not for his personal loss.

Delhi’s Vijay Shankar, who got an unbeaten fifty, said that in hindsight he could have accelerated a bit earlier during his partnership with Rishabh Pant, as his side fell short by just 13 runs.

“When I was batting, Rishabh was going really well. We were getting that 10-12 runs. Obviously, I could have gone for a couple of big hits. I tried doing it, but initially, I couldn't connect those. I thought I should get the game to the 20th over, where I gave myself a chance to get closer to the target. If I had connected those, it could have been different, but that’s how it is.”