IPL 8: Mahendra Singh Dhoni Operates on his Instincts, says R Ashwin
The off-spinner of Chennai Super Kings, Ravichandran Ashwin spoke about the fact that their skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni does never have any kind of preconceived notions and always goes into the game blank. He added that Dhoni just operates the game upon his instincts as to who is bowling well at the time and on how the wicket is behaving.
Chennai Super Kings recently had a whooping victory over Kings XI Punjab and they are comfortably poised on the top half of the points table. In the match against Punjab, the spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin (2/14) and Ravindra Jadeja (3/22) were at their peaks.
Also the bowling attack is well supported by the veteran pacer, Ashish Nehra, who has been in the knack of picking constant wickets. He is also the second highest wicket taker in the tournament so far with 12 wickets.
Ashwin said that Dhoni is someone who rather bells the cat as it goes around. He added that Dhoni does not hold any kind of preconceived notions. He also said that once he is there, he prefers his instincts to plans.
Ashwin added that Dhoni has managed some good overseas bowlers in the past as well in the likes of Muralitharan, Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus. He said that it does not make any difference to Dhoni. But as a bowler, he feels much more comfortable to bowl under Dhoni’s captaincy.
He also said that it boosts his confidence and thus he could freely try his variations.
To make up the Indian players better equipped to overseas conditions, there has been a significant amount of grass in the pitches. Ashwin also added that this is helping the fast bowlers to bowl well with the new ball.
On speaking about Nehra’s form, Ashwin said that he has been an admirable bowler and had immense role in the Indian team from 2006 to 2011. He also added that Nehra always gives his cent percent on the field and he could bowl with the new ball or in the powerplay overs or in the death. He bowls whenever he is asked to and he never complains.
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