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Vivian Richards advises CSK: Use Dwayne Bravo's 'infectious energy'

NEW DELHI: The Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday has been built up as adolescence versus enjoy, and the face-off has even legends like Vivian Richards waiting in anticipation.


As Delhi's younger turks glance to pull out all stops in a bid to go into their maiden IPL ultimate, they're going to be up towards a team that has been there and executed it all, as CSK hope to earn their eighth shot at winning the IPL trophy.

"Delhi Capitals have been certainly the most refreshing team to watch this season and their clash against the Chennai Super Kings for a spot in the final should be a treat," Richards wrote in his column for The Times of India on Friday.

Known for his swagger and winning attitude, Richards had a word of advice for MS Dhoni's CSK, who have struggled with their top order for most part of the match.

"I would love to see CSK have someone like a Dwayne Bravo bat up the order if needed," Richards advised. "He is a player who has an infectious energy that can electrify the rest of the team."

Comparing the 2 teams, the World Cup-winner felt Delhi have their noses moderately ahead going into the tournament.

"I still see DC as slight favourites in this match-up because they still seem a fresh unit even against the tip of a protracted match.

"This is a clash of enjoy towards adolescence and DC’s energy has made a giant distinction for them all the way through the match. CSK will have to tournament that energy in cricketing terms," Richards wrote.

He reserved special reward for the trio of Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Keemo Paul.

"It was an absolute joy gazing Delhi finally win an IPL playoff recreation and even more exciting to look the swashbuckling duo of Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw lead the rate.

"Apart from the batsmen, it was heart-warming to see the young Guyanese lad Keemo Paul take three wickets and hit the winning runs. He is a great talent and will probably have to play an important role again if DC are to win on Friday night and advance to their first ever IPL final," he reckoned.

Richards mentioned that the CSK batsmen need to be more sure, whilst advising that they should not depend on particular person brilliance in spite of having match-winners like MS Dhoni in their ranks.

CSK, who finished 2d on the points desk, misplaced Qualifier-1 to Mumbai Indians by six wickets.

"CSK looked out of rhythm and out of ideas in their qualifier towards Mumbai; and if they've to make the general again, their top order needs to play more definitely from the word move.

"They have a lot of enjoy; and a man like Dhoni, with the kind of ability he has, can single-handedly steer a recreation. But in those knockout video games, team work frequently makes all of the distinction."

He then concluded bringing up example from the football classic previous in the week.

"Just look at how Liverpool beat Barcelona in the Champions League."

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