MS Dhoni ”still hungry” and Chennai Super Kings stay afloat in IPL-15 after Houdini’s last act from legend to death. And they are all that matters to skipper Ravindra Jadeja.
Five defeats in seven outings became a thing of the past after Dhoni turned back the clock to script a memorable three-wicket win for CSK over Mumbai Indians in the IPL here on Thursday after a jaw-dropping finish that left him saw hitting a four. the last ball of the match.
“It’s very good that he’s still hungry (for races and wins),” said CSK’s new skipper after Dhoni’s 13-ball 28 propelled the team to an epic victory over their rivals.
”His touch is still there. And looking at that, we all remain calm, that if he is in the middle and stays until the end of the final, he will win the game,” added Jadeja.
”We were tensed but we thought he (Dhoni) was there, he would finish the game and come. He won so many matches for India, in the IPL, we knew he would finish the game. ” Dhoni (28 out of 13) batted like the finisher of his heyday to help CSK get the required 17 points out of the final to win their second game of the season and extend the Mumbai Indians’ winless streak to seven matches.
He broke a six and four on Jaydev Unadkat’s third and fourth balls before keeping his composure to put a short, thin leg for the game-winning boundary, leaving the bowler and the rest of his Mumbai team-mates shattered. ”Look, we were under pressure and the way the game was going, I think there was pressure in both dugouts… As the best finisher in the world (Dhoni) came out in the middle.
”Somehow we knew that if he (Dhoni) stayed until the last ball, then he would definitely win the game for us. We thought he wouldn’t miss the last two or three balls and luckily that happened,’ Jadeja said in the post-match virtual press conference.
Chasing 156, CSK were shocked at 106 for six, but Dwaine Pretorius then played his part to perfection before Dhoni finished the game.
CSK pacemaker Mukesh Choudhary wreaked havoc with the new ball before manager Tilak Varma, 51 from 43, took the Mumbai Indians to 155 for seven.
Jadeja said that although she hasn’t played in the last two games, the team’s management decided to support the speedster, knowing his ability to swing the new ball.
”Yes, when he (Choudhary) was a net thrower with us, we saw that he played well in the net and swung the ball. His skill in swinging the new ball is very good so we supported him,” Jadeja said.
”He didn’t perform well in the last one or two games, but despite that, we backed him, because we knew he would take wickets. And luckily he played well, tried to swing, which helped him get wickets,” Jadeja signed.
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