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Mujeeb’s bowling made the difference in the game: MS Dhoni

He also thanked God for giving him enough power to hit the blazing shots.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings in action. (Photo by: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

It was yet another thriller for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as they were chasing the score of more than 190 for the consecutive third time in 3 matches. But unfortunately, they ended up on the wrong side by just 4 runs. It was the cool and calm man who has done it time and again for the country and in yellow jersey MS Dhoni. He took it upon himself to win the game for his side even through the pain in his back. However, despite losing the game Dhoni won the hearts which overshadowed Kings XI Punjab’s victory as well.

He came out to bat when his team was in tatters at 56/3 with their match-winner in the last game Sam Billings also in the hut. Dhoni soaked in all the pressure until the 16th over and then blazed away like a darkhorse to catch the opposition off-guard. He took it down to the last over hitting some unbelievable sixes on the way. He remained unbeaten on 79 off just 44 balls and hit the last ball six as well but this time it was not to be. That six ended up on the losing side but nevertheless, he won the hearts of his team and the fans.

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Dhoni praises Mujeeb

MS Dhoni was cool as a cucumber even during the last over, throughout his innings and even after losing the match. His expressions absolutely don’t change which makes him the best reader of the game. Though he praised the youngster from Afghanistan Mujeeb Zadran for bowling well in tight situations.

“Not much going through my mind. They bowled very well, Mujeeb made a difference. I don’t think there was much dew on the ground. They played better than us. We can improve in few areas. Chris’ innings in the first innings and Mujeeb’s bowling made a difference,” he said.

Thanks God

Dhoni also gave an update on his injury while speaking after the game and thanked God for giving him enough power. “I don’t know how bad my back is but it should be okay. God has given me enough power so I don’t have to rely on my back a lot. It shouldn’t be so bad. I am used to playing with the injuries. You have to be tough,” the 36-year-old went on to say.

On not promoting Bravo

However, he also revealed the reason why Dwayne Bravo wasn’t promoted when they needed almost 13 runs per over. “Fleming is in the dug out so he needs to take the decision. We have confidence in Jadeja because he being a left-hander is not easy for the bowlers. This is the time we need to give him the opportunity. If Jadeja can do the job of the floater that would be really good for the team as we have Raina at the top of the order. I will back him as we have not given him many opportunities,” the hero of the night concluded.

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