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Kevin Pietersen’s injury a blessing in disguise: MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane
Pune: Rising Pune Supergiants batsmen MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane during an IPL match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on April 22, 2016. (Photo Source: Nitin Lawate/IANS)

The Rising Pune Supergiants are struggling to find the right combination in their first IPL campaign. Despite having an able leader in the form of MS Dhoni, the side has failed to deliver with the ball. The batting has been good, with Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane being amongst the runs.

The bowling, however, hasn’t clicked to the expectation yet. MS Dhoni admitted the same in the post-match interview after their defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore at Pune. Dhoni also emphasized on the fact that the bowlers have lacked the ability to close out on an innings. The remarks came after the RPS bowlers conceded as much as 57 runs in the last five overs.

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Dhoni also emphasized on the fact that the bowlers have lacked the ability to close out on an innings. The remarks came after the RPS bowlers conceded as much as 57 runs in the last five overs.

“We are playing with six bowlers, yet our death bowling isn’t great,” quoted the RPS skipper. The batting department received a massive setback after Kevin Pietersen had to limp out of the ground due to a side strain during their batting against RCB.However, the Indian skipper thinks it could turn However, the Indian skipper thinks it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Dhoni quoted, “KP’s injury can be a blessing in disguise.”

He further explained his point saying that KP’s ruling out from the next games would mean that either Albie Morkel or Mitch Marsh could get a look in. This would help them strengthen their bowling a bit.

“Maybe we can look to bring in Albie Morkel or Mitch Marsh in the next game. With the kind of players we have got, it has always been difficult to drop someone. We need to strengthen our bowling line a bit.”
Mitchell Marsh has already played a couple of games this season but was then replaced by Thisara Perera in the lineup. Albie Morkel is yet to get a game in this season. Morkel has the experience of playing under MS Dhoni for Chennai Superkings.

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