CSK wicketkeeper and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the 2018 IPL match against Delhi Daredevils.  / AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / GETTYOUT
CSK wicketkeeper and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the 2018 IPL match against Delhi Daredevils. / AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / GETTYOUT

Pune: Chennai Super Kings batsman Faf Du Plessis has heaped praise on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his ability to hit any bowler and said such a quality can make life difficult for any rival captain.

Australian Shane Watson played blistering 78 while Dhoni hit a quick-fire unbeaten 51 to guide CSK to a 13-run victory over bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils in an IPL game here last night. In the last two games against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Daredevils, Dhoni, with his power hitting, has reminded his critics that he is not yet done.

“He (Dhoni) is in really good form at the moment, so its extremely tough to bowl to him when he is in a form like that. He has got such a big arch and if you want to bowl wide he can still hit you to the leg sid,” Du Plessis said at the post-match press conference.

“He has got a lot of options, so it makes life difficult for a bowler and a captain because he can hit any ball to wherever he wants to. That kind of form is obviously very important to us,” he added.

Du Plessis also praised young Indian batsman Ambati Rayadu for his “flexibility”. Rayadu has delivered for CSK when asked to open and even he was required to bat at the number four position.

“Rayadu’s flexibility has really impressed me. I have really enjoyed watching him bat in this IPL. The ability to come in and score boundaries from the first ball is a very difficult skill. That ability to come at four and five and score a boundary straight-away, not a lot of people can do that,” Du Plessis said.

“With Suresh (Raina) at three and (Rayadu) at four, if we get off to a solid start, the two can just come in and play their natural game which ca be dangerous for the opposition. So we are fortunate that we have got a lot of options in the batting unit,” the South African skipper maintained.

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