Experience of 300 ODIs pays off in these conditions: Dhoni

Abu Dhabi, September 20

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stated his staff’s large “experience” proved to be an important think about its five-wicket victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians within the IPL opener.

Ambati Rayudu and Faf Du Plessis arrange the win with a 115-run stand for the third wicket, whereas Piyush Chawla was distinctive with the ball and was aided by likes of Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar and Lungi Ngidi.

“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,” Dhoni stated.

“You need the experienced players to guide the youngsters on and off the field. The young players get 60 to 70 days with the seniors in the IPL,” the veteran added on the post- match presentation ceremony.

Dhoni additionally spoke about what all issues the staff learnt from the primary recreation.

“We may practice enough but when you go on the field you need to assess the conditions and give it your best. It took time for the bowlers to find the right length on this pitch. Plenty of positives but still plenty of areas for us to improve. In the second half there is a bit of movement till the dew sets in. If you don’t lose wickets early, you have the upper hand. These are the learnings. Rayudu had a wonderful partnership with Faf. Most of us are retired so luckily no injuries as well,”, Dhoni added.

MI skipper Rohit Sharma was upset that none of his batsmen may stick with it the preliminary momentum that they gained.

“None of our batsmen carried on for us, like du Plessis and Rayudu did for CSK. I think we were 85 in the first 10 overs. Credit to the CSK bowlers, they bowled well at the end to pull back things. Something for us to learn,” Rohit stated.

“Still early days. We all want to start really well, it’s crucial in this tournament where momentum is important. Few things for us to learn from this game, we did make few mistakes. Hopefully we’ll rectify those and come out smarter in the next game,” he added.

Rohit stated his staff wanted to adapt to the circumstances higher.

“We need to adapt to the pitches, it got better with the dew coming. You need to hit the gaps and focus on that part of the game. The opposition can tie you down, it’s all about understanding what we need to do,” he stated. PTI

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