Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowler Mukesh Choudhary has made the most of his opportunities in the IPL 2022 season and has tried his best to ensure that CSK does not miss the services of their ace bowler, Deepak Chahar.
Choudhary has picked up 11 wickets in 8 games for the 4-time champions so far. Although his economy is on the higher side, the 25-year-old has done the job by picking up wickets. Speaking about the impact of CSK skipper, MS Dhoni, Choudhary said Dhoni’s advice has paid off big time.
“Dhoni sir’s guidance has helped me a lot. I have been bowling in the powerplay and got wickets and controlled the flow of runs. I swing the ball and don’t let a batsman score. I create pressure. A batsman will try to score under pressure, he will play some rushed shots and lose his wicket.”
“Dhoni sir has asked me to prepare for the death overs now. He said you have been bowling in the powerplay and now be ready to bowl in the death overs. He said – ‘pressure nahi lena, bass run mat dena, wicket ayega’ (Don’t take the pressure, just don’t leak runs, wickets will come). I am learning each day under Dhoni sir,” Choudhary told TimesofIndia.com.
“I learn something new every day from him” – Mukesh Choudhary
Choudhary also said that playing under Dhoni’s guidance has helped him improve his game by leaps and bounds. Ahead of each game, the pacer has a chat with Dhoni about the game plans.
“Ahead of a match, I go to him and discuss my plan. If he likes it, he says go ahead and if he doesn’t, then he corrects me there and then. In fact, I take feedback from him after every match. He is very happy to speak and discuss various things. I learn something new every day from him.”
“Mahi sir always says – ‘don’t think too much and don’t take the pressure. The more you think and take the pressure, you will make more mistakes’. He said ‘just be relaxed and go and bowl’. I am really grateful that I am playing under his leadership,” Choudhary further added.