Young CSK spinner Pawan Negi has thanked his captain MS Dhoni for his success. Negi picked up 5-22 in the CL t20 final yesterday, as his team won the final comfortably. Negi is the first bowler to pick uo a 5-wicket haul in the torunament.
He said, “I always had the desire to play more matches for the side. I got some games in the IPL and then got a break in the CLT20. I always wanted to make the most of the opportunities I get and contribute to the team’s success. The dressing room atmosphere has always been good right since the IPL. The captain and the supporting staff played a huge role when it came to supporting the young guys in the team. It was great fun.”
He added, “He asked me to be slower through the air so that I can get a lot of zip and turn from the wicket. I knew if I bowled flatter I would be hit for runs since it is a small ground. I was trying my best to slow up things and get as much turn I could from the ball. My strategy was to bowl at the right areas according to the plan. The wicket was supportive to my kind of bowling and I was trying to hit the right lines and lengths. There were a lot of times when I would go to his room and look at videos of players in the night and think about plans to get them out. Right from the openers to the end, I had a look at all the videos of the KKR batsmen and got to know about their strong and weak points against spin bowling. I tried my best to execute those plans tonight and I am glad that it worked.”
It is rumoured that it was Virender Sehwag who first noticed Negi’s capabilities with the ball and had recommended him for the IPL.