MS Dhoni won the toss against Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2019 Qualifier 2 and decided CSK would bowl first © BCCI/IPL
MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) should take inspiration from Liverpool’s sensational comeback win their Champions League tie against Barcelona, West Indies legend Viv Richards has said. Richards said CSK have to take out of Liverpool’s book to tackle the youthful Delhi Capitals (DC) when the two sides face each other in the second Qualifier of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Friday. “This is a clash of experience against youth and DC’s energy has made a big difference for them throughout the tournament,” said Richards.
“CSK will have to match that energy in cricketing terms. They have plenty of experience and a guy like Dhoni with the kind of ability he has can single-handedly steer a game,” said the 67-year-old former West Indies captain.
“But in these knockout games, team work often makes all the difference. Just look at how Liverpool beat Barcelona in the Champions League,” he also said.
Liverpool came back from a 3-0 deficit in the first leg against Spanish champions Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League to win the match 4-3, a comeback that has been rated as one of the greatest ever in the tournament.
CSK were rampant in the group stage and were favourites to win Qualifier 1 against Mumbai Indians. But they ended up falling to a 6-wicket loss and now face Delhi Capitals on Friday. DC beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in the Eliminator.
Winning the toss in Visakhapatnam, CSK skipper MS Dhoni opted to send Delhi Capitals to bat first.
(With IANS inputs)