Chennai Super Kings throwdown specialist Kondappa Raj Palani has recently revealed his experience during the first meeting with the legendary MS Dhoni just after the former India captain announced his retirement from international cricket as well. Dhoni decided to retire on August 15, 2020, ahead of the 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE. CSK were undergoing a preparatory camp then and because of the IPL Dhoni was preparing in the nets.
“The first time, the camp started when Dhoni retired. I saw him for the first time then. He asked if you were the throwers. He asked me to throw balls at him. The team was pleased after that. The net bowlers were speaking about his retirement. After two or three weeks, he came to play sidearm. Everybody was arriving,” Palani said on the Chennai Super Kings website.
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“Fleming, Hussey and everyone said Dhoni was coming and asked me to bowl carefully. The first two balls were wides. The next ball was a full toss. Dhoni came to me and said ‘Stop looking at me and bowl’. He asked me to play naturally. I then started bowling wherever he wanted and then he was very happy. He started addressing me everyday since with my name,” he again shared about MS Dhoni.
However, Palani wasn’t the only CSK throwdown specialist who got the chance to bowl to MS Dhoni. His partner, Murugan too bowled to the CSK legend. “He mostly asks me to bowl front foot. He used to say picking wickets is next. First, get the feel of it. We started giving him that,” Murugan mentioned as well.
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However, CSK had a rather forgettable season this year where they finished second from the bottom with 12 points after being the second team to be eliminated from the tournament after Mumbai Indians.