The CSK captain also talked about his fitness
The Chennai Super Kings had a dream IPL run this year. They returned after a gap of two years and winning it straight away was the perfect return. Before the start of the tournament, everyone felt that this team was too old to lift the cup.
With alot of top players like Shane Watson, DJ Bravo, Faf Du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, and MS Dhoni himself being 30+ fitness and fielding standards of the players were always under the scanner.
According to TOI, MS Dhoni expressed that he had decided to come up the order this IPL season so that he could give himself some more time in the middle. The former Indian captain stated that “I wanted to make it sure that I wanted to take the responsibility of winning the game, but I was coming so down the order, that I was not giving time to myself.”
He also explained that why he wanted to make a team, which batted deep. “So it was more like quick sand, the more I flutter, the deeper I would go. So I said I want to make a team where we bat deep, that gives me a chance to bat up the order, and to me up the order doesn’t mean I want to bat at 3, 4 or 5, it’s the number of overs,” stated Mahi.
The CSK skipper also praised Ambati Rayudu who had a wonderful outing this season as he also scored a top-notch century. Mahi stated that the number 4 position was ideal for Rayudu, he explained that “Yes when (Ambati) started to bat at 4, I have to give him that berth, because he was almost the leading scorer for us. So if he has to come down and bat for the requirement of team, then he needs to bat at number 4 because he was ideally suited for that position.”
Next up he explained the reason why he wanted to bat up the order and his desire to be aggressive right from the beginning. “So I said I want to bat up, so when I go into bat I would like to be aggressive, so that even if I get out, it gives others a chance to reinvent themselves about finishing the game, what they need to do, if they are under pressure and all of that,”
However Mahi concluded that his team’s batting order fired and thus CSK sailed through without getting the depth of the batting unit tested.