It’s an exciting time to be a CSK fan, with the franchise returning to the IPL after 2 long years and the players gifting their fans with two of the most breathtaking games in CSK’s history.
And two different heroes emerged from both games. While it was Bravo on the opening night, it was Billings who took centre stage yesterday, playing the consolidator’s and finisher’s role to perfection.
CSK chased 203 down against a bowling attack that had the required ammunition to strangle the CSK batting unit.
MS Dhoni seemed pretty content with the win, highlighting the fact that while KKR hit a host of sixes in the game, CSK did it with a good blend of strike rotation, six hitting and some intelligent batting.
He also threw in a rule tweak in the IPL, something that the IPL authorities could ponder on. Dhoni advised the IPL to award players with two extra runs if they managed to clear the ground.
“Somehow still feel that KKR scored more than us because with all those sixes. IPL should add two more runs for sixes hit out of the ground. Bowlers had a rough day from both the sides, but overall it was a good day for the crowd over here.” MS Dhoni said.
He also spoke about his emotions on the return for CSK to Chennai and how he still doesn’t let his emotions get the better off him on the field.
“It feels good to come back after two years and win the first game. I think it was a fantastic game. They (the crowd) deserved every bit of it; the first innings and the second innings. Everyone has their emotions and we tell everybody to keep it under control. We need to have the faith in the batsman who is batting or the bowler who is bowling. At the end of the day, there is one man to bat that particular delivery and one bowler to bowl that particular over. Lot of positive energy helps. At times you feel disappointed, but that’s why the dressing room is there to express yourself and not in the dugout. We all feel the same. If we are too expressive, the commentators get a lot to talk about. Yes (about different players contributing). But every game one player is getting injured. By that calculation we will not have 14 players at the end of the league other than that it is good to see Sam bat the way he did.” Dhoni conlcuded.