Curran hails ‘genius’ Dhoni

Abu Dhabi, September 20

Sam Curran says he was left “surprised” by “genius” Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s transfer to ship him forward of himself in the course of the IPL opener between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

The 22-year-old England allrounder performed a key position in CSK’s five-wicket victory: After a cost-effective spell with the ball, he scored a quickfire 18 off simply six balls. After the dismissal of Ravindra Jadeja for the crew’s fourth wicket, Dhoni shocked everybody by sending Curran up the order with 29 wanted off 17 balls.

“To be honest, I was very surprised that I went in. He (Dhoni) is a genius and obviously thought something (about sending him before himself),” Curran stated on the post-match presentation. “We targeted that over (18th) and I went in with a six or out mentality… Sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Talking about sending Curran at No. 6, Dhoni stated it was a message to the bowler that “he’s been sent to do one job”. “Curran… That’s one thing we haven’t done (experimenting, in the past). At some point of time we need to give Jadeja and somebody like Sam to express themselves,” Dhoni stated. “This was the ideal way… One leg-spinner, one left-arm spinner. We felt it was ideal to intimidate the bowler, a psychological thing, to say he’s been sent to do one job.”

Picked instead of Dwayne Bravo, who’s recovering from an damage, Curran shone with the ball as properly. He claimed the wicket of opener Quinton de Kock, registering spectacular figures of 1/28 in his 4 overs.

Curran, who reached the UAE earlier this week together with different England and Australia gamers after collaborating in a limited-overs collection at dwelling, additionally spoke concerning the change in ambiance.

“Very different… I have been used to the bubble with the England team. But you are used to seeing big crowds in IPL, so it was different. I haven’t met a lot of the guys, came in a day before and was straight on the bus today. That was a good thing,” he stated. — Agencies

Dhoni’s return after 14 months: zero off 2, ‘genius’ promotion of Curran

The highlight was on CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday evening as he made a return to cricket after 14 months — he final performed a aggressive match in July final yr, when India misplaced within the World Cup semifinals to England. Dhoni got here in to bat within the 19th over, to face Jasprit Bumrah, with CSK needing 5 off eight balls. He was given out first ball as he tried to hook the ball, however he had missed the ball and the choice was overturned.

Dhoni fails to attach with the ball. PTI

He nudged the following ball to midwicket for no run and remained unbeaten on zero off 2. Later, Sam Curran hailed him as a ‘genius’ for sending him at No. 6. Later Dhoni talked concerning the cumulative expertise of his crew. “The experience pays off, everyone talks about it. You get it only after you play a lot of games. 300 ODIs is a dream for anybody to play and when you put an XI on the field, you need a good mix of youngsters and experienced players,” he stated. Agencies

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