IPL 2020 Update: Close to being perfect, says MS Dhoni for CSK

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IPL 2020 Update: Close to being perfect, says MS Dhoni for CSK

MS Dhoni praises CSK for their performance against SRH

Wednesday, 14th October 2020

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, famed skipper from Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) was all praises for his teammates on this Tuesday as they had won most gloriously against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The win was a perfect show according to MS Dhoni.


CSK’s past days weren’t much impressive and they were indeed in need of a victory. The day came at last and they could manage to pull off a victory by 20 runs against the SRHs while defending the 167 runs made. This time each player in the CSK team contributed through their skills and this victory helped CSK soar up to the 6th position in terms of ‘points’. CSK’s new game plan had actually clicked and therefore the victory!


“Ultimately what really matters is you getting two points. What T20s have shown is that there are a few games that don’t go your way and then there are some that go your way even when you haven’t earned it. Today I felt we did a very good job even in the batting,” Dhoni commented at the close of the match.


“There was some purpose with the bat and the batsmen assessed the situation very well. With a total like 160 (167/6), it all depends on the start you get in the first six overs. The fast bowlers did the job, the spinners came into play and it was one game that was as close to being perfect,” Dhoni added.


From among the multiple changed tactics applied by CSK this time, the team head had asked the young and talented Sam Curran to make the opening of the innings and MS Dhoni stated that it made enough sense.


“Sam Curran is a complete cricketer for us. You need a seaming (fast bowling) all-rounder. He plays the spinners well and he can give us those 15-45 runs…We used an extra spinner because an Indian batter hasn’t done well for us. That’s why Curran went up and it wasn’t fair on Jagadeesan as well to bat at seven or eight.”


Pacer Deepak Chahar’s quota was speedily finished by MS Dhoni. Deepak Chahar and Curran bowled simultaneously and the show the two had put up was definitely pleasing according to Dhoni.


“There are some two-paced balls, some swing and some don’t swing, some get extra bounce. What was needed was good execution of the plans and that was done by the fast bowlers…“A good left-armer is always good to have in the side. You keep wondering whether the ball would come in or leave the batsman. As the tournament progresses, we’ll get more comfortable with the death bowling, which is why we kept Sam away from the death and Thakur and Bravo took over. We’ll get better.”


David Warner, the losing skipper stated that the wicket had been on slower side and therefore they were in need of an additional batter.


“We tried to take it deep. You (have) got one big boundary, so it’s not easy. We have to go back to the drawing board and work on a few areas. I thought 160 (target of 168) was the right total to go after, but anything above that was always going to be difficult,” said Warner.


“We need to monitor the wickets in the upcoming games and select the team accordingly. I think with our team and the depth that we have, we’re always going to be one short either way.


“Things (in the points table) are always congested in the middle. You got to beat the best teams to make it to the top,” he added.



Source: Times of India 

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