If Dhoni plays only IPL every year, it's impossible for him to perform: Kapil

back icon
safari
02 Nov 2020 | 01:40 PM
authorPTI

If Dhoni plays only IPL every year, it's impossible for him to perform: Kapil

The CSK skipper, who played competitive cricket for the first time since 2019 World Cup semi-final, scored only 200 runs in 14 games this season

heart

Share

The legendary Kapil Dev feels that it will be "impossible" for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to perform well if he decides on playing in the IPL without getting any match practice, which was the case this year. Chennai Super Kings were out of IPL play-offs for the first time in 11 appearances and Dhoni, who played competitive cricket for the first time since last year's World Cup semi-final, scored only 200 runs in 14 games with no half-centuries and a poor strike rate of 116.

Kapil, who recently underwent an angioplasty after suffering a heart attack, wants the former India captain to play a lot more in the domestic circuit to get his form back. "If Dhoni decides on playing only IPL every year, then it's impossible for him to perform. It's not a good thing to talk about age but at his age (39 years), the more he plays, the more his body will be tuned," Kapil told 'ABP News'.

"If you don't play any cricket for 10 months a year and suddenly play IPL, you can see what happened. You can always have a season up or down if you have played so much cricket. It has happened to someone like Chris Gayle also," the World Cup winning former skipper said.

Kapil feels that it's high time that Dhoni plays some domestic cricket this season. "He should go back to first-class cricket (domestic List A and T20) and play there."

The straight-talking former all-rounder made it clear that it will be a challenge for Dhoni given that he has already indicated that he is "definitely not" retiring from the IPL. "If someone has achieved so much, the dip in form does affect and it becomes a challenge. Let's see how he comes out of it," Kapil said.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Mahendra Singh DhoniRamlal Nikhanj Kapil DevIndian Premier League, 2020Chennai Super KingsIPL 2020

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Dhoni confirms KXIP game not his final one for CSK
The 39-year-old Dhoni was expected to play the IPL for at least two seasons after announcing his international retirement
userPTI
01 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Kapil Dev suffers heart attack, undergoes angioplasty
The 61-year-old complained of chest pain on Thursday following which he was taken to the hospital
userPTI
23 Oct 2020
safari
NEWS
I take pity on those who are criticising Dhoni: Kirmani
The CSK captain is yet to come up with match-wining knock and his ability as a finisher has came under the scanner
userPTI
11 Oct 2020
safari
NEWS
'Global cricket still needs an icon like MS Dhoni to continue'
After retiring from international cricket, the former India captain is all set to lead CSK in the IPL
userAFP
15 Sep 2020
safari
NEWS
COVID-19 played a role in Dhoni's retirement: Chahal
"Because of him Kuldeep Yadav and I succeeded. We used to get a lot of help from him from behind the wicket. If Dhoni was there, 50 per cent of my work was already done," Chahal said
userPTI
19 Aug 2020
safari
OPINION
MS Dhoni: The man, the impact, and the trophies
In 2013, Dhoni stamped his authority by becoming the first captain to win all three ICC tournaments
userAbhishek Mukherjee
16 Aug 2020
safari
NEWS
Dhoni should keep playing as long as he is fit and in form: Gambhir
The former India captain has not played any cricket since India's semifinal exit from the ODI World Cup last year
userPTI
25 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Don't push Dhoni into retirement: Nasser Hussain
The wicketkeeper-batsman last played for India in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in July
userPTI
11 Apr 2020
safari
NEWS
Dhoni has to play more matches to play T20 World Cup: Kapil Dev
Kapil is also not bothered about Jasprit Bumrah's form in the ongoing tour of New Zealand
userPTI
27 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
I don't think Dhoni will play for India again: Harbhajan
Head coach Ravi Shastri had hinted that clarity on Dhoni's future will only be available after IPL
userPTI
17 Jan 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved