The Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets with nine balls in hand on Wednesday and topped the 2021 Indian Premier League table.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni said he was surprised at the quality of the Delhi wicket and went on to praise their bowlers and forerunners for putting in a brilliant performance against SRH.
“The stick was good. But that doesn’t mean the bowling wasn’t good. It was a surprisingly good wicket. Whenever we come to Delhi, we never expect a wicket like this.” Dhoni said in the post-match interview.
“It was going well, there was nothing for the spinners as well. Luckily there was no dew. Last night we felt that 170 was just below normal if there was no no dew. A brilliant opening partnership, “he added.
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Dhoni was also thrilled with how his team improved from last year – when the Super Kings finished a disappointing seventh – missing the IPL playoffs for the first time in their history.
“Overall, if I have to sum up, the players have taken on more responsibility this year. You will face some challenges in cricket, but in the end it comes down to how each individual measures up. and give the extra 10 percent to the cricket side, ”Dhoni said.
CSK have only played 13 players this season, the least among the eight teams. Dhoni stressed that the team have always been committed to a specific combination and that there is a need to keep the players on the bench happy.
“In the last eight to ten years we haven’t changed a lot of players, so they know our approach. Plus, we like the fact that the players don’t play. The only way to make it big is to have great interactions. Keeping the atmosphere in the locker room healthy is important. Giving extra credit to players who have not played so far, “he concluded.