Pawan Negi, one of the Indian rising in domestic cricket, has thanked Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for developing him as a player. Negi told TOI, “It is because of CSK that people recognize me. My stint with CSK has helped me develop as a player.”

Also, Negi expressed how Indian skipper MS Dhoni guided him during the CSK squad. He said, “I will give credit to Mahi bhai for always supporting me. There have been numerous occasions when I have batted with him. I used to get really nervous. But he would always come up to me, telling me to play my natural game and bat in the way I would at the nets. Even during practice, he would tell me to bowl in the right areas and according to situations. When I look back, these suggestions have helped to improve my game.”

He also added that how he learnt from Dhoni to handle the pressure situation. He said, “I learnt how to handle pressure by following Dhoni. Earlier, I would go for rash shots. But now I don’t do that and try to take the game to the last over, the way Dhoni bhai does.”

The 22-years old bowling all-rounder was in very good form in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. In that ODI tournament, the left-arm spinner finished with 16 wickets for Delhi team; who had finished as a runner-up in the tournament. Negi also contributed with his bat by scoring 170 runs in that tournament with the average of 85.00, including a fighting half-century knock in the final.

Negi talked about his game plans. He said, “My focus has always been on my game. I think what others are doing, it might hamper my performance. I have done well his season and if I can continue performing, I will come into the reckoning for the national team. I know what their strengths are and I know about my plus points, so I am sure I can perform well if I get a chance.”