MS Dhoni lauded his side for doing the basics right after Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis record 181-run opening stand helped the Chennai Super Kings [CSK] break their three-match losing with a 10-wicket mauling of Kings XI Punjab in Dubai.
MS Dhoni had lamented on the lack of starts in CSK’s past three defeats and by god, didn’t his wish of getting a whirlwind start was finally answered by the opening duo of Watson and Du Plessis.
In what was a sustained assault by Watson and Du Plessis, the duo went on to register the highest-opening stand by a CSK pair and the second-highest by any pair in the history of the competition. Dhoni lauded the pair for the approach today besides adding the both of them compliment each other really well.
He also lauded head coach Stephen Fleming for the amount of work he does behind the scenes, adding that the former Kiwi captain does not get the kind of recognition that he deserves.
”Did the small things right. Believed in the process. Were looking for the kind of start today. That’s where experience counts. It’s not about being more aggressive. Watson was looking good in the nets. But what you want is to replicate that. It was just a matter of time that he gets going. Faf is like a sheet anchor for us. He can always confuse the bowlers with shots like the lap shot. They compliment each other well. Fleming doesn’t get the kind of recognition he should,” MS Dhoni said.
‘It was very good to watch them out there’- MS Dhoni on Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis
MS Dhoni also went on to laud the bowlers for executing their plans, especially during the death overs. He further complimented Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis for backing themselves to play the kind of strokes that they did, adding that he enjoyed watching the duo bat.
”The good thing between us is that we decide each and everything between us. It’s not like we don’t have debates over selections. But it stays between us. Felt the bowlers did a very good job. Felt we bowled according to what our plan was. Momentum with the right kind of shots – I felt Watto and Faf backed themselves to play the shots they’re known for. It was very good to watch them out there,” Dhoni signed off.