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IPL 2021: I see shades of Saeed Anwar in Moeen Ali’s batting, says Ashish Nehra

Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra believes Moeen Ali has shades of former Pakistani opener Saeed Anwar, saying the England all-rounder was a very relaxed person.

Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Moeen Ali. (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI Photo)

Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Moeen Ali. (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MS Dhoni is utilising Moeen Ali really well in IPL 2021: Moeen Ali
  • Moeen Ali is a very chilled out and relaxed person: Saeed Anwar
  • CSK have been on a roll this year losing just two matches out of its seven so far

Former India pacer Ashish Nehra heaped rich praise on Moeen Ali, saying the English all-rounder ‘never seems under pressure’, just like former Pakistan batting great, Saeed Anwar. Nehra believes that Moeen’s batting is similar to Anwar while saying that Chennai’s skipper MS Dhoni is utilising him really well.

An effective left-handed batsman and an off-break bowler, Moeen Ali was purchased by Chennai Super Kings for INR 7 crores at the IPL 2021 Player Auction. Playing for MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings for the first time, Moeen Ali has been promoted at No.3 ahead of Suresh Raina and the England player has established himself as a commendable batsman. Notably, Ali has played 6 IPL 2021 matches, having scored 206 runs at an impressive strike rate of 157.25.

“Moeen [Ali] is a very chilled out and relaxed person. I see shades of Saeed Anwar in his batting. He never seems under pressure. He is a utility player and MS Dhoni is utilising him really well,” Nehra told Cricbuzz.

“Before today, he was only scoring 30 or 40 runs but now he has crossed that. If a player like Moeen Ali, who can contribute with both bat and ball, provides you with 40-45 runs after every three or four matches; then things will work out in your favour,” he added.

CSK have been on a roll this year losing just two matches out of its seven so far, which has taken them to the second position on the points table. Less than six months ago, CSK had failed to make the tournament’s playoffs for the first time, in the UAE. Now, CSK are scheduled to face Rajasthan Royals on May 5 at Delhi’s Arun Jaitely Stadium.

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