Gambhir says CSK star has exceeded all expectations: ‘Never thought he was a dangerous T20 batter’

Gambhir says: And again the Chennai Super Kings have reached the Indian Premier League playoffs. After last year’s disappointing season.

MS Dhoni team has revived its luck and played impressive games. In the league phase to be the first team to qualify for the playoffs. Although CSK experienced a stutter from losing the last three games, CSK was top-notch in the 2021 IPL.

Former Indian starter Gautam Gambhir. Believes CSK and South African Faf du Plessis has exceeded all expectations as T20 cricketers in this edition of the IPL.

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Gambhir’s remarks came after du Plessis landed a fantastic, albeit lost. Blow in CSK’s final league game against the Punjab Kings.

“Honestly, if you ask me, yes (he has exceeded expectations),” Gambhir said

The former KKR captain said he never thought du Plessis was a destructive T20 cricketer. But he proved him wrong by driving all the guns on the season.

“I never thought he was that dangerous a T20 batter. Yes, he had got runs for CSK, but he’s never had the impact someone like Shane Watson had. He will score those 50 off 40 balls but he cannot hurt the opposition bowlers. He’s not going to be an all-out match-winner. If Shane Watson gets runs, he’ll get a 100 off 60 balls. So yeah, Faf has definitely exceeded all the expectations. Not only of myself but of a lot of other people as well,” Gambhir said.

Du Plessis is currently the second-highest run-scorer in the 2021 IPL with 546 runs in 14 games. Which were achieved with an average of 45.50 and a hit rate of 137.53.

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Since top newcomer, KL Rahul‘s PBKS is not participating in the playoffs. Du Plessis has a chance to apply for the Orange Cap.

Gambhir believes that du Plessis’s form in the Caribbean Premier League. Helped him get the necessary practice before a high-profile tournament like the IPL.

The former southpaw said du Plessis knows how to use good form and get runs when they come.

“He was in good form even in the CPL. Those who are coming into the play after playing in some league. Have better chances to do well as IPL is a high-quality tournament. Runs under your belt are always important,” he said.

“There is no alternative to experience. With experience, Faf knows, when you are in good form, you have to make the most of it. Once you lose it becomes very difficult to find. Look what is happening to Eoin Morgan.”

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