Chennai Super Kings (CSK) left-arm pacer Mukesh Choudhary has revealed that he was under tremendous pressure after playing his first couple of games in the marquee Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
The 25-year-old CSK pacer had a big responsibility on his shoulders to provide Chennai Super Kings with good starts in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League in the absence of the star pacer Deepak Chahar, who got ruled out of the entire tournament after suffering an injury.
Although the CSK left-arm pace bowler Mukesh Choudhary struggled in the initial half of the tournament he made a sensational comeback and finished the tournament with 16 wickets from 13 games.
Talking about MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings they finished the tournament at the 9th spot on the points table, just above Mumbai Indians.
All the coaches have contributed to my development curve in big chunks – Mukesh Choudhary
The 25-year-old left-arm pacer revealed that after the first couple of games in IPL 2022 he was under tremendous pressure and was confused completely but the coaches and the management backed him very well.
“The belief (to do well) was always there. After the first two games, I was under pressure. I was confused as to what I was doing wrong. After those matches, I thought my place in the squad would be dicey.
“But the coaches and the management backed me really well. They said IPL is at another level, so you have to be careful with your bowling. I was extra focused for the MI game as I wanted to give my best. I made my bowling plans and executed it well and then realised that I do belong here,” said Choudhary.
He further said that Eric Simons, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Michael Hussey and Rajiv Kumar played a key role in his development as a player.
“All the coaches have contributed to my development curve in big chunks. I worked with Erik (Eric Simons, CSK bowling consultant) on developing my seam. Bala (Balaji) sir guided me a lot in regards to my line and length. Rajive (Rajiv Kumar, CSK fielding coach) and (Michael) Hussey helped me stay in the right mindset, so I felt good interacting with them all,” he added.
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