Mumbai, May 27: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the two-time World Cup and IPL-winning captain, speaking on the eve of his team Chennai Super Kings final against Sunrisers Hyderabad admitted that the age-group was “definitely a concern” for the team that is on the cusp of winning its third IPL title. Also Read - RCB vs MI Dream11 Team Hints And Predictions, Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, Match 10 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai at 7:30 PM IST Monday, September 28
“The age-group of the boys was definitely a concern as we had to keep them fit because of the frequency of the games. You have to manoeuvre your resources and you have to look at the bigger picture to make sure that when we come to the business end of the tournament your best XI is available. This year we have been able to do that, though we did have some injury concerns. It’s good to have our players available for selection.” Also Read - IPL 2020, RR vs KXIP: Rahul Tewatia Didn't Lose Confidence Despite The 'Worst 20 Balls' He Ever Played
“Experience really counts, but it’s not that it always matters. It’s not something that can’t be replaced. The good thing is we have managed with them very well,” Dhoni said. Also Read - RCB vs MI 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket Tips Dream11 IPL 2020: Pitch Report, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians T20 Match 9 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium 7.30 PM IST Monday, September 28
In his trademark style, Dhoni justified his decision to often under-bowl veteran spinner Harbhajan through the league. “I have a lot of cars and bikes in my house. I don’t ride all at a time. A lot of times, especially when you have six to seven bowlers in the side, you want to see the conditions, you want to see who is batting and what is needed at that point of time. I see what is in the best interest of the team,” he said.
Dhoni said that he was disappointed as the team could not play its home games in Chennai.”The emotional aspect was more at the start of the tournament, and once the tournament starts you have to be professional than emotional about it. Yes, we are bit disappointed that we could not play matches in Chennai, I was still happy that once game happened in Chennai because fans were waiting for a long time for this moment.
“The last two years we were not there, but our fan following kept increasing. It is unfortunate that we were not playing in Chennai, but as I said, being professional is more important,” he said.
Stephen Fleming, the Chennai coach, admitted that it was great to be back with CSK. “So looking back over that experience, no we wouldn’t want it to happen and we would have liked to roll on and stay the same. But now putting those things into play has been quite a positive experience. The other thing is you get complacent about some of the things that are good, the grass is not always green and the players to have come back after a couple of years have also matured, so there’s been a positive sign.”
(inputs from agencies)