Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni heaped praises for the young bowling unit of the CSK in his final post-match presentation of the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League. However, with the defeat in their final game of the season against Rajasthan Royals, in Brabourne, Chennai finished with eight points from 14 games as well. They were eliminated much before though.
While speaking after the game, MS Dhoni has said that the team needed to realise that they were short of runs and more runs on the board could help them if they had not lost wickets quickly after the powerplay. Chennai had scored 75 runs off the first six overs, and then struggled throughout the rest of the overs, scoring just 150 on board.
“What we need to realise is we’re playing a batter light. Once we lost those quick wickets, Moeen had to change his momentum. I feel if one of the batters had batted with him, he could have continued his momentum. The role and responsibility got slightly swapped once we lost those wickets and that made it really difficult. So a batter light with the last four, they’re not really known for their batting. If we went hard and lost another wicket there, we wouldn’t have got anything that we would look to defend. I would say 10-15 (runs short). You need to bowl well after that. If their openers get going and if they get too many in the first six, then also 180 is not enough,” said MS Dhoni.
While speaking about the youngsters in the team, the veteran has said that one of the biggest wins of the season was how much the young CSK bowlers had learnt from this season.
“Whatever games they have got, they have learned a lot from it. One of the biggest examples is Mukesh. He has played all the games but what is impressive is to see from the first game to the last game how he has improved, how he can bowl at the death. Still what he will do is go back and learn out of the outings he has got. That’s what we really want from players. Once they have got that experience, what is important from next year once they turn up from IPL is that they don’t start from scratch again. That is what is needed from the youngsters and most of them have made the most of whatever chance they have got,” MS Dhoni also stated that he had high expectations from them in the next season.
While talking about Sri Lankan player Matheesha Pathirana, Dhoni chuckled and added that he would be a big player for Chennai as well. Notably, Dhoni will be there in the next season too, hoping to play his final few matches in Chennai and going all over India to say goodbye to his fans as well.
“Our Malinga, he’s really good. It’s difficult to pick him and I feel he will definitely contribute next year for us in a big way,” MS Dhoni concluded in his press conference.