IPL 2021: Pandey makes a Dhoni to see Pollard’s back

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain Manish Pandey pulled a move from MS Dhoni’s tactical playbook to see the back of Kieron Pollard of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) on Friday.

Pandey, who is the SRH captain for the first time, placed Jason Roy directly on the ground instead of the usual long and long field placement for Pollard. The Windies skipper ended up serving the fielder against Abhishek Sharma’s bowling alley while hunting for a six and was fired for 13 of 12 balls.

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This on-field placement was previously employed by Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni during the 2010 IPL final when he placed a fielder directly behind the pitcher within the 30-yard circle.

It was hailed as a tactical masterstroke when Pollard, who was hitting 27 of 9, appeared to be keeping Mumbai in pursuit of the target. CSK won the final by 22 races.

Pollard during the final of IPL aganst Rising Pune Supergiant. BCCI / Sportzpics

Dhoni then relayed the move to Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith during the 2017 final in Pune. Pollard started his innings with six in a row against Adam Zampa.

On the advice of the former RPS captain, Smith hit a long straight where Pollard chose Manoj Tiwary two balls later. However, RPS lost the final by one race.

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