MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, admitted during the toss of the opening game against Mumbai Indians that spending the first six days in quarantine was extremely difficult.
The Super Kings camp was plagued Covid-19 during their initial days of isolation after 13 members including two cricketers in Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad tested positive for the deadly virus. Post that the entire squad was forced into a 14-day quarantine.
Dhoni, however, added that the mood in the camp during the quarantine was pretty chilled out. He went on to laud his team-members for utilizing the time prudently.
“First six days in quarantine was very difficult. You are with your family and suddenly you have to stay in a separate room… felt each individual used that time well and nobody was disappointed or frustrated. After the first 14 days, it was nice to get out. The practice facilities were very good.” MS Dhoni said during the interview at the toss.
”Have the liberty during lockdown to spend time on yourself to keep fit. Have to applaud every member of the squad for utilizing the time well,” he added.
MS Dhoni decided to bowl first after winning the toss
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni and his men came back brilliantly well during the second half of the Mumbai Indians innings. Having sent MI into bat, the Chennai Super Kings were up against it with Mumbai’s top-order going great guns in the first 10 overs.
The turning point came in the 15th over when Faf du Plessis displayed a bit of magic on-field by pulling off back-to-back stunners at the boundary to see the back of Saurabh Tiwary and Hardik Pandya. MI could never recover from that double-blow, managing a mere 41 runs in the last over to finish with 9-162.
CSK once again found themselves into a spot of bother at the start of their run-chase when Trent Boult and James Pattinson went bang bang to dismiss both Shane Watson and Murali Vijay LBW. But once again the former champions scripted a brilliant comeback, this time orchestrated by the ever so stylish Ambati Raydu and Faf du Plessis.
At the time of writing, the duo had accumulated a 99-run stand for the third wicket with Rayudu batting on 64 and Du Plessis on 33.