Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday (April 19) mentioned it’s exhausting to ‘keep up’ with youthful gamers within the squad nevertheless it will be a ‘big positive’ for the 39-year-old if they don’t seem to be in a position to level fingers at him over his health. The 39-year-old Dhoni, who retired from worldwide cricket final yr, admitted that “getting old and being fit are two difficult things”.
“When you are playing, you don’t really want anyone to say he’s unfit. I have to keep up with the younger guys, they are very fast, it’s good to challenge them,” Dhoni mentioned after CSK beat Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs of their IPL match.
“Performances are something that’s guaranteed. I wasn’t guaranteeing performances when I was 24. I can’t guarantee when I am 40, but at least if people can’t point finger at me that he’s unfit then that will be a big positive for me.”
Talking concerning the match, he mentioned he was glad CSK scored 180-plus, although he mentioned they may have obtained extra. “I felt Sam bowled really well. Deepak, there was a bit of miscalculation with the knuckle delivery. So I felt a good start was important. Even the wet ball was spinning. I don’t really mind Jos playing reverse sweep. If the wet ball was turning then the chance of the dry ball turning is high.”
Dhoni mentioned it was good to have Moeen Ali, who took three wickets from seven runs from three overs, because the wicket was turning a bit and changing into extra sticky. “The first six balls I played could have cost us in another game.”
He mentioned quite a bit has modified since final yr when they completed seventh out of eight groups. “The way we have prepared. The bowlers have been under the pump last year also, so they’re used to the conditions,” the CSK skipper added.
Losing captain Sanju Samson he thought it was a great rating to chase down however his aspect misplaced too many wickets within the center overs. “Our bowlers bowled very well, they batted too deep. 10-15 runs further we gave down the road. We misplaced the match however there are a whole lot of positives. The dew didn’t come and the ball was nonetheless turning, so it was a bit surprising to see.
“It’s important to maintain good composure, this format demands us to score at a higher risk rate, so it’s very normal to get out often. I keep working on the basics and giving myself some time at the centre.”
(with company inputs)