Chetan Sakariya, Rajasthan Royals (RR) young pacer was left in awe of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni after meeting the legendary cricketer after the match on Monday.
MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered their second successive win in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 with a comprehensive win against Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Chetan Sakariya Admired MS Dhoni And Finally Got An Opportunity To Play With Him And He Will Cherish The Best Moment Of His Life
Continuing the trend from the last few years, CSK captain MS Dhoni spent considerable time with youngsters after every match, sharing inputs that would help them to become better cricketers. Royals’ in-form pacer Chetan Sakariya met the Ranchi superstar after the match on Monday. Chetan Sakariya has been one of the finds of the tournament this season as he has bagged wickets regularly for the Royals in the last three games.
The Saurashtra left-arm seamer has picked up useful wickets since making his IPL debut this year. Like most aspiring Indian cricketers, Sakariya too had a dream to playing alongside CSK skipper MS Dhoni. After the match, he got the opportunity to take a picture with the CSK captain in the frame. Chetan Sakariya who was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 1.2 crore, picked up three wickets and conceded 36 runs in his quota of four overs.
Sharing his admiration for Dhoni, Sakariya wrote on Instagram, “I admire you since I was a child and today I got the opportunity to play with you, it was the best moment of my life and I will cherish it forever. There won’t be anyone like you ever. Thanks a lot for inspiring all of us throughout the career.”
Chetan Sakariya was the pick of the bowlers for the Royals with three wickets to his name including that of MS Dhoni. The left-arm speedster had earlier removed Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu. The Royals pacer continued to impress in IPL’s 14th edition and he has now picked six wickets from three matches.
MS Dhoni Praised Sam Curran But Admits CSK Shouldh’ve Scored More Runs
Batting first, CSK once again put a challenging 188 runs on board. In reply, the Royals kept losing wickets at regular intervals as Jos Buttler (49 off 35) fought a lone battle. CSK was on top once he was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja in the 12th over of the Royals’ chase. Despite a 45-run win over RR, MS Dhoni said CSK should have scored more runs.
“I always look at what’s the best at that point in time. I felt Sam bowled really well and Deepak I think he tried the knuckleball too much and felt that a good start (with the ball) was important. It was spinning a bit. I don’t really mind Jos (Buttler) playing the reverse where it’s turning a bit. It’s important to have that sixth bowler, it always helps and it was stopping a bit for spinners. There was slightly less dew than the usual,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.
“I felt we should have scored more and try to get as many as possible. A lot has changed over the years and right from the start we kept a very good atmosphere and a lot of the bowlers were under the pump last year but this time they are enjoying bowling on these wickets.”
Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali rocked the Rajasthan Royals (RR) batting line-up with five wickets in less than four overs as they dismissed the likes of David Miller, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, and Chris Morris to jolt the RR run-chase to win by 45 runs. MOM Moeen Ali starred with the ball having figures of 3/7 while Ravindra Jadeja grabbed 4 catches, adding to his two crucial breakthroughs that powered CSK to a comprehensive win over RR.
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 188/9 (Faf du Plessis 33, Ambati Rayudu 27; Chetan Sakariya 3/36) beat Rajasthan Royals 143/9 (Jos Buttler 49, Jaydev Unadkat 24; Moeen Ali 3/7) by 45 runs.