Master strategy! When Gautam Gambhir surrounded MS Dhoni with fielders

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Kolkata, May 15: The Indian Premier League match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kolkata Knight Riders witnessed some aggressive field placements when MS Dhoni came out in the middle.

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KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir surrounded MS Dhoni when he introduced spinner Piyush Chawala.

IPL 2016: When Gautam Gambhir surrounded MS Dhoni with fielders

When Dhoni walked in to the middle his team was in trouble at 74/4 and Gambhir packed the in-field to pile on the pressure.

The skipper stationed himself at silly point and had two slips and placed a short leg for the demolishing batter.

Even Jacques Kallis, KKR coach, confirmed during the sideline interview that it was indeed a tactic to remove Dhoni early on.

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The aggressive field placing perhaps worked for the KKR as Gambhir's bowlers managed to keep MS Dhoni calm. Dhoni scored 8 runs off 22 balls he faced.

This must have been MS Dhoni's slowest batting performance in the T20s.

The aggressive field placing was lauded by some while a few MS Dhoni fans called it arrogance.

KKR jumped to 2nd spot in the team standings after Yusuf Pathan powered them to an 8-wicket win against RPS in a rain-curtailed IPL tie.

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Story first published: Sunday, May 15, 2016, 13:16 [IST]
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