‘It can become cruel and painful,’ MS Dhoni happy with Chennai Super Kings’ young players performance

Written by Abhishek Patil

Chennai Super Kings managed to get back into the win column as they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. It was a clinical performance from the CSK side as they outperformed RCB in both the batting and bowling department. Chasing an average target of 146 runs, CSK took just 18.4 overs to reach the target.

One of the star performers against RCB was young batsman Ruturaj Gaekwad, who scored an unbeaten 65 after being sent to open with Faf du Plessis. After showing some impatience in the earlier matches, Ruturaj looked clam and composed during his 51-ball innings.

CSK captain MS Dhoni was also happy with his performance as he lauded the 23-year-old batter for innings.

“Rutu (Gaikwad) played really well, backed himself to play the shots that he would play than worry about big shots. If we had seen this (on Ruturaj performing well) in the second or the third game we could have got a glimpse. But this year has been tough on Rutu as well. He batted in Chennai, then Covid, the extra quarantine took precious time away from him. Even in the last game you saw, it happens in cricket, you face the best bowlers and you nick one. You have to help yourself, and when you are out there you have to fight it out with your mind. I felt he did really well after the first single he took and the first hit; he kept getting more and more comfortable with himself.”

After a defeat to Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni wasn’t happy with the defeat and said that the youngsters in his squad did not show the spark needed to break into the playing XI at the expense of the veterans.

“You don’t want to chop and change. Insecurity is something you don’t want to prevail in the dressing room. Fair enough, this season we weren’t really there,” Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony after suffering the seven-wicket loss.

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