'He gave me a clear picture of the finisher’s role'- Tamil Nadu's Shahrukh Khan recalls words of wisdom from MS Dhoni

‘He gave me a clear picture of the finisher’s role’- Tamil Nadu’s Shahrukh Khan recalls words of wisdom from MS Dhoni

Shahrukh Khan slammed an unbeaten 33 of 15 deliveries, taking his side to a four-wicket triumph in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final.

MS Dhoni and Shahrukh Khan
MS Dhoni and Shahrukh Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Shahrukh Khan put up a big-hitting exhibition in the finals of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021-22, and took Tamil Nadu to their second successive title. The game went right down to the wire as Tamil Nadu’s chase of 152 wasn’t smooth by any means. In fact, Karnataka seemed on command for the best part of the game. However, Shahrukh showcased his blitzes and dented Karnataka’s plan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

He slammed an unbeaten 33 of 15 deliveries, taking his side to a four-wicket triumph. Notably, he smashed a staggering six when five runs were needed of the very last delivery. This speaks volumes of his prowess. Needless to mention, Twitterverse went wild as Shahrukh Khan finished it off in style. Speaking of his ability of thrive in death overs, Shahrukh recalled a piece of advice from MS Dhoni which he received during the IPL.

When MS Dhoni explained Shahrukh Khan about the finisher’s role

“He gave me a clear picture of the finisher’s role and asked me to believe whatever you are doing on that particular day is right, because you are the best judge and only you know what is running inside your mind when chasing,” Shahrukh was quoted as saying by the New Indian Express.

“And also I have accepted that the finisher’s role is a bit dicey. When you do well, you are on top and if you fail, you get to cop the blame,” the 26-year-old added. With Dhoni arguably being one of the greatest finishers ever, Shahrukh couldn’t have got a better person to talk about thriving in death overs.

Meanwhile, Shahrukh, who plays for Punjab Kings in IPL, said that he wanted to take the game deep in order to put the pressure back on Karnataka bowlers. “I gave myself only two balls to get my eye in and I knew fast bowlers (Karnataka’s weak link) were going to come on. The plan was to take the game deep because I’d the belief to finish it. Of course, you could even succumb under pressure when taking it deep, but as long as you have belief, it is fine,” he asserted.