DHONI REVEALS HOW HE APPLIES PSYCHOLOGY TO ASSESS PLAYERS
GAIKWAD’S EYES REVEALED HE WASN’T RATTLED, CHENNAI SKIPPER SAYS
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni yesterday said that his habit of applying psychology helped him in judging Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was having a poor run but came good yesterday.
The young opener lived up to his reputation, scoring 62 off 42 balls, to play a key role in Super Kings’ win 18-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in yesterday’s second Indian Premier League at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
“Rutu showed his class in the last IPL. You always need to assess where he is mentally. Once when he was off guard, I asked him how are you feeling today. When you put a question like that, you wait for the reactions, you see what’s in his eyes,” said Dhoni after the match yesterday.
“There was enough in his reactions to suggest he wasn’t rattled. That’s what I’ve been doing all my life [applying psychology] but in a good way,” added Dhoni.
Always like to be humble. There’s no good reason if you have scored, the opposition can’t score.” MS Dhoni » CSK skipper
Chennai had taken early initiative and looked like they would cruise to a win. After making 220 for three in 20 overs, they reduced Knight Riders to 31 for 5. KKR at that point needed 190 off 88 balls.
However, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins and Dinesh Karthik played sensational knocks to
take Kolkata within close range of target. The trio brought the equation down to 45 off 24 balls.
“From the 16th over onwards, the contest was between the fast bowler and the batsman. You can’t do too much. Can’t put different field. It’s about you vs me. The side that has won is a side that has executed slightly better. But if they would’ve had more wickets, could’ve been different,” said Dhoni.
The CSK skipper, who also received the news of his parents getting admitted to hospital for Covid-19, said cricket had taught him to be humble and not take things easily.
“Have seen enough in cricket,
always like to be humble. There’s no good reason if you have scored, the opposition can’t score. My lines to the players was that we have got good runs on the board but let’s be humble.”
Earlier, South African Faf du Plessis had shared a 115-run opening stand with Gaikwad.
Chennai had raced to 54 without loss in the first six overs as Knight Riders’ decision to open the bowling with spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Pat Cummins backfired.
Cummins, in fact, was the hardest hit of all the KKR bowlers as he conceded 58 runs in his four overs, including 19 in the last over. Du Plessis, who hit nine fours and four sixes, also shared a 50-run partnership with Moeen Ali (25 off 12 balls) as CSK reached 155/1 at the end of 16 overs.
“It is the most fluent I have felt so far,” du Plessis said of the innings that included four sixes and nine fours.
Deepak Chahar continued to torment the bowlers when he ran through the Knight Riders top order, taking four wickets for 29 runs in his four overs. Like in the last match, he was made to finish his spell early.