Abu Dhabi: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) said that his team’s ‘experience’ proved crucial in the 5-wicket win against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL). . Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessy shared 115 runs for the third wicket while Piyush Chawla bowled brilliantly and was well supported by bowlers like Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar and Lungi Engidi.
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Dhoni said after the victory, ‘Experience has worked, everyone is talking about it. You gain experience only after playing a lot of matches. Playing 300 ODIs is the dream of any cricketer and when you land a team on the field, you need a good mix of young and experienced players.
He said, ‘You need experienced players to guide young players on the field. Young players get an opportunity to spend 60-70 days with senior players in IPL. However, this charismatic captain from Chennai said that his team still needs to improve in some departments.
Dhoni said, ‘There are many positive aspects but there are some departments that need to be worked on. Especially regarding timing. After playing, there was little movement till the dew hit. In such a situation, if you have wickets left, then you live in profit.
Mumbai scored 162 for nine after being invited to bat first. Chennai won by scoring 166 runs for 5 wickets in 19.2 overs with the help of ‘Man of the Match’ Rayudu’s 71 and Du Plessi’s unbeaten 58 runs. Mumbai’s order to lose their first match since 2013 has been intact.
Calling the partnership between Rayudu and Duplessis important, Dhoni said, “It took time for our bowlers to get the rhythm. Rayudu played an excellent partnership with Faf. Most of our players have retired, so the good thing is that none of our players are injured.
This wicket-keeper batsman who retired from international cricket, this was the first competitive match after the World Cup last year and he said that it is a different feeling to get on the field. Dhoni said, ‘You have practiced a lot but playing on the field is different. You have to give your best by assessing the situation there. Mumbai Indians team captain Rohit Sharma admitted that his team suffered a loss due to not batting well in the death overs.
He said, ‘None of our batsmen could advance the innings like du Plessi and Rayudu. We had scored 86 runs in the first 10 overs. Credit goes to the Chennai bowlers who bowled well in the last over.
Rohit said, ‘We need to learn a lesson from this. Just beginning We also wanted to start well. It is important in such a tournament. Rohit said that his team needs to adjust to the situation better. He said, ‘We have to adjust to the pitches, it gets better when the dew falls.’