Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni showed why he is termed as one of the greatest finishers ever by taking his side over the line in the last over against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2021 season.
The win confirmed CSK’s spot in the final, which happens to be their 9th overall. At the post-match presentation ceremony, Dhoni stated that he wasn’t thinking too much as it would become a bit distracting in the pressure moments.
“My innings was a crucial one. Delhi has a very good bowling attack. They exploited the conditions well, so we knew it would be tough. I’ve not done a lot in the tournament, so wanted to look for the ball and see what the bowler can do.“
“I was batting well in the nets. But wasn’t thinking too much, if you think too much while batting then you mess your plans up. Robin enjoys batting at the top but Moeen has been excellent at No. 3. But we have created a situation where either of them could bat at No. 3 depending on the situation and the opposition,” Dhoni stated.
“It’s good to see how well Ruturaj Gaikwad has improved” – MS Dhoni
CSK opener and top-scorer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, once again had a crucial role to play in the victory. He guided the run chase till the 19th over and managed to score 70 off 50 balls. He also earned the Man of the Match award for his excellent knock.
“Whenever Ruturaj and I have a chat, it’s a simple chat. Want to know what he was thinking. It’s good to see how well he has improved. He is someone willing to bat 20 overs.“
“Last season was the first time we didn’t qualify into playoffs. But we wanted to just make use of the 3-4 games left last season, and a lot of our batters made use of that. That is the reason why we have come back strongly this season,” Dhoni added.
CSK now has a few days off and will stay in Dubai for the final on October 15. As for Delhi, they now wait to see who wins the Eliminator between RCB and KKR tomorrow.