New Delhi [India]: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni lauded management for backing the squad who were picked for the team and said that there is no recipe for success as the team needs to pick the best players and give them a slot to perform.
Chennai Super Kings cruised into the playoffs as they beat Delhi Capitals at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Saturday. CSK dominated a dismal Delhi to qualify for the playoffs and gave themselves the best shot at the second spot. CSK ended their 14-match league campaign with 17 points. When asked what made the team click season after season, Dhoni mentioned the sacrifices the players had to make for the sake of the team.
‘There is no recipe for success, you try and pick the best players and give them the best slot to perform. And groom them in the areas where they are not strong, somebody has to sacrifice their slot for the team. Credit to the management as well, they always back us. But, the players are most important, without the players, we can’t do anything. I think death bowling, confidence is very important,’ MS Dhoni said in a post-match presentation.
CSK captain praised Tushar Deshpande and Matheesha Pathirana for their death overs bowling. Delhi Capitals again lost a wicket early as Prithvi Shaw departed in the second over, courtesy of a brilliant diving catch at mid-off from Rayudu, off Tushar Deshpande.
‘Tushar has developed because he is able to execute under pressure, he has the confidence now. And when you keep playing the same players, it helps. I think the bowlers have also taken the responsibility, Pathirana is quite a natural to bowling at the death but Deshpande has really developed there,’ stated the CSK captain.
The CSK openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (79 off 50) and Devon Conway (87 off 52) set the stage on fire to lay the platform with a 141-run stand. Shivam Dube(22 off 9) and Ravindra Jadeja(20* off 7) then provided the final acceleration with impactful cameos as CSK posted a mammoth 223/3.
Dhoni stated that he has complete faith in his team and combination heading into the IPL playoffs.
‘I think we need to figure out and pick players who are team first – not bothered about individual performance and perform the best at knockout stages. It is difficult to judge from the outside, we try and adjust to the players and environment as well. Even if they come 10%, we can adjust 50% to fit them better into the team,’ he added.