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Kings XI Punjab seek revival against MSD’s Pune

PTI
Published Apr 17, 2016, 1:45 am IST
Updated Apr 17, 2016, 7:08 am IST
For India’s limited overs captain Dhoni, it has always been about getting his combination right.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
 Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mohali: Getting his team composition right will be Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s primary aim as Rising Pune Supergiants meet an out-of-sorts Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League cricket tournament encounter, here on Sunday.

While the IPL debutants Supergiants have a win and a loss to show for their efforts, Kings XI Punjab has been beaten comprehensively in both their matches as they are already at the bottom of the heap.

 

Since the league has just about completed the first week, the tables can be turned upside down with a few back-to-back wins, which both the teams will be aiming for.

For India’s limited overs captain Dhoni, it has always been about getting his combination right. He has believed in a set of players while ICC World T20 was on and persisted with them throughout the tournament despite some criticism by the pundits.

In CSK, it was a different scenario, where the Chennai franchise always had half the battle won at the auction table itself which resulted in their consistent show over the years. But in Pune, Dhoni is yet to figure out what exactly should be the combination.

 

“We need to look at the team composition,” Dhoni had said at the post-match press conference after his team’s defeat against Gujarat Lions. While RP Singh has been Dhoni’s trusted lieutenant in the India team once upon a time but the left-arm seamer has lost a lot of his sting and perhaps is not same bowler that he used to be in 2007-08 phase. Similarly with Ishant Sharma, the problem has been his lack of consistency in shorter formats.

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