Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis recalled his conversation with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) iconic skipper MS Dhoni after the Qualifier 1 match between CSK and Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. The Capitals lost the Qualifier round 1 to CSK by four wickets.
Chennai required 24 runs off 12 balls with Dhoni and Moeen Ali at the crease, Dhoni smashed Avesh for a flat six over deep mid-wicket in the penultimate over and later tonked three fours in a row in the final over to take his side to the final of IPL 2021.
I spoke to MS Dhoni after he single-handedly beat Delhi last year: Marcus Stoinis
Stoinis, who was part of the Delhi Capitals in their IPL 2021 campaign, revealed his conversation with Dhoni after the thrilling match. The Australian player said Dhoni taught him the art of finishing matches.
“I spoke to Dhoni after he single-handedly beat Delhi last year in the semi-final. He spoke to me about the routines he goes through, how he sees the game, how he controls it, how he manages his emotions. So there is a lot that goes into it,” Stoinis Boria Majumdar on his show ‘Backstage with Boria’.
“I feel bad sometimes if I am speaking for him. But I would reiterate the crux of what we spoke about. He just sort of said to me ‘the way you’ve got to approach it is looking to be there till the end and take responsibility’. There are different ways to do it – score runs early and finish the game by the 18th over,” he added.
When MS Dhoni is at the crease, that this game is not over: Marcus Stoinis
Stoinis observed that Dhoni likes to stay at the crease till the end of the match and there is always something going in the mind of the CSK stalwart.
“The risk he feels is to leave it to someone else if you get out. And he said that you build that relationship with your team and everyone around you. Different players understand their different roles throughout the game,” Stonis said.
“For him, it’s to be there till the end and to take ownership. Everyone is thinking when Dhoni is at the crease, that this game is not over. Or that he is in control or somehow it is going to plan, or not. That is part of the art that he has produced and he can have that influence on so many people,” he added.
CSK won the IPL 2021 title after defeating Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the final. The defending champions will play the IPL 2022 opener against KKR on March 26 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.