It is quite an evident fact that the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have experienced tough times in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the absence of the regular skipper MS Dhoni. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman first sat out during the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) due to back problem and then he missed yesterday’s match against Mumbai Indians (MI) as well. In both the games, Dhoni-less CSK struggled massively and succumbed to convincing defeats. The Rohit Sharma-led team handed a severe hammering to Chennai Super Kings last night at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the visitors reached a fighting total on the back of Rohit’s incredible knock under pressure and due to the Pollard-Pandya hitting combo in the end. While in the second innings, Lasith Malinga and the rest of the MI bowlers displayed fabulous combined efforts to rattle the opposition batsmen and in turn steer their team to an emphatic win.
His presence does a lot
After the game, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma spoke about Dhoni’s absence in the game and reckoned that it is always a massive boost when someone of Dhoni’s stature is not around. Rohit noted that Dhoni’s presence does a lot for the CSK team as he is a master in difficult situation especially in case of chasing. The skipper revealed that Dhoni missed the game as he was ill and the condition was slightly unavoidable.
“It’s a massive boost to any opposition if he’s (Dhoni) not around. His presence does a lot for their team. When you don’t have him when you’re chasing, it becomes slightly difficult. They must have felt his absence. He was sick, uncontrollable,” quoted Rohit Sharma.
I was hitting well
After struggling to convert his 30s-40s into big scores, Rohit finally showed his class yesterday, compiling a sensational knock of 67 runs which consisted of six fours and three sixes. He mentioned that he was hitting the ball really well and did not felt worried about the conversion issue. The Chepauk wicket offered pretty challenging conditions for the batsmen as the ball was turning massively in both the innings.
“I was hitting well, wasn’t converting into big scores. At no point, I was worried. I just kept backing myself. I knew the day will come, today was the day. We knew whether we bat or bowl first, we still had to play good cricket. We can’t control the toss. It was a great effort from the boys. Coming out here and playing here is never easy. We had to scrape every run and every wicket. We were right there in the game,” Rohit added.