AR Rahman, the Oscar-winning composer, has dedicated the song ‘Chale Chalo’ from the film Lagaan to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni as a motivator to play together. Rahman also dedicated the movie Rangeela song “Mangta Hai Kya” to CSK all-rounder Suresh Raina.
Rahman dedicated songs to CSK stars Dhoni and Raina during an appearance on Star Sports’ Cricket Live “I’d like to dedicate the song “Chale Chalo” from the film Lagaan to MS Dhoni because it inspires people to play cricket together. And I’d like to dedicate the song ‘Mangta Hai Kya’ to Suresh Raina, because whenever I went to Bangalore, they were listening to a lot of Rangeela songs.”
Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir said earlier in the day that Dhoni should bat at number four or five for his team and not below that.
Dhoni usually bats at number 7, but he struggled to get going in the first game against the Delhi Capitals, falling for a two-ball duck. Despite setting a target of 189, Shikhar Dhawan (85) and Prithvi Shaw (72) got their side off to a flying start, putting on a 138-run stand for the first wicket.
“What matters is that MS Dhoni bats higher because, in the end, people should start leading from the front. We keep emphasising the importance of a leader leading from the front. When you’re batting at No. 7, you can’t be in the lead. There are problems with their bowling lineup, to be sure “On the Star Sports show Cricket Live, Gambhir said
Dhoni, according to Gautam, is not as attacking as he once was, and it is easier for him to bat higher in the order and set his sights.
“Plus, he’s not MS Dhoni anymore, as he was four or five years ago, when he could just walk in and start taking on the bowlers right away. I believe he can bat at number four or five, in my opinion. Nothing lower than that, “Added he.
On Friday, CSK will face Punjab Kings at Wankhede Stadium.