IPL 2018’s final match between MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings and Williamson led Sunrisers Hyderabad team kept the viewers in awe. The match renewed the glory of CSK making them the third consecutive trophy winners. Though SRH left a hefty target of 178, CSK managed to face the tough Hyderbadi bowlers and bag the title in a stunning manner.
Watson’s century and Rayudu’s back-to-back hits pushed the score of CSK, made them wrap up the innings in no time. Post the match, MS Dhoni interacted with media and his comments regarding the match are as priceless as they can ever be.
After the match, Dhoni went clearing that everybody in the team is aware of their roles as it is the final. He added, “Well, Bhuvi is as deceptive as Rashid and thus it’s not just one bowler in their side who could put pressure on us. So it was a good batting effort, but we always had belief in the firepower our middle-order has. [On Bravo sitting with pads on] He keeps doing it on his own. There was no plan as such (to promote him up); with Faf playing Rayudu had to come down at four.”
“But Bravo is someone who pads quite easily and stays ready. Very difficult to recall what the earlier championship wins were. A lot of people talk about stats, so tonight is 27th, my jersey number is seven and this is the seventh final for us. Enough reasons to win it. But none of these reasons matter, what matters is that we’ve won it in the end”, he added.
Talking about the secret quotient behind the massive performances of the teammates, Dhoni said, “We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness. Rayudu, for example, is 33, he’s someone who is fit, covers a lot of ground. Even if he plays a few games where he spends a lot of time on the ground and in the field, he never complains. So it is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect. What captains want are players who move well in the field. It doesn’t matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 – you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings.”
Well, that’s Dhoni for you all. Hope we see more of his captaincy that will keep the Indian cricket intriguing.