5 instances which prove that MS Dhoni is a genius
#2 IPL 2010 final CSK Vs MI - MS Dhoni's master plan for Kieron Pollard
MS Dhoni's field placement is not the same for all batsmen. His placement of fielders is subject to the pitch, the match situation, and the strengths and weaknesses of the batsman at the crease.
This sometimes results in atypical fielding positions that leave the commentators and fans puzzled. The rationale behind such unique field placements is realized only after it results in the fall of wickets.
One such instance was in the year 2010, during the IPL final between CSK and MI. Kieron Pollard was going all guns blazing and was threatening to take the game away from CSK. That is when MS Dhoni decided to play to Pollard's strength, which is hitting powerfully down the ground.
He placed Matthew Hayden at a straightish mid-off position, next to the bowler, along with a regular long-off fielder as well. Apart from being a strategic and a rather unusual position the decision to place the 6' 2" Hayden at that position was also a smart one as hitting it over him would have been difficult.
Albie Morkel bowled it as per the field and Pollard fell into the trap, hitting it straight into those bucket-like hands of Hayden. The incredulous CSK players ran towards MS Dhoni in joy, but for him, it was just another well-executed strategy.