MS Dhoni heaped praise on the bowling department of the Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) for leading the team to a record eighth Indian Premier League final in 10 years.
“I think the credit needs to go to the spinners: the captain only asks them that I will use you at this point of time. When they get the ball, it’s up to them,” said Dhoni in the post-match presentation of CSK’s 6-wicket win over the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Eliminator on Friday.
“Experience counts, but they have to do the hard yards to stay fit for 45-50 days and be at their best and playing in hot conditions. We are happy we haven’t had many injuries (other than the players at the start) and thanks to the bowling department for that – we are here because of them,” said the CSK skipper.
CSK restricted DC to 147/9 before openers Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson’s 81-run stand got them halfway through the chase. Ambati Rayudu then led the rest of the chase and CSK chased down the target with eight balls to spare. Dhoni however said that he would have liked the openers to stay longer and possibly finish the chase themselves.