Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pacer Mukesh Chaudhary on Tuesday (3rd May) talked about the learnings he grasped from MS Dhoni. He said that he takes feedback from the veteran campaigner after every match and learns new things every day.
Choudhary has been amongst the young pacers who has impressed many with his performance in the IPL 2022 season. The left-arm pacer has played his role perfectly and has not made his team miss Deepak Chahar, who was ruled out of the tournament due to injury.
He didn’t start off well in the tournament but in the last few games, he has stepped up and has provided his team with the breakthroughs at crucial stages. His recent performance against SRH was lauded by many as he registered his best bowling figures and returned with the figures of 4/46.
Choudhary so far has taken 11 wickets from 8 matches in the tournament at an average and economy of 25.42 and 9.82, respectively.
Speaking to the Times of India, Mukesh Choudhary said that he discusses his plan with MS Dhoni ahead of the match and he always learns something new from the keeper-batter every day.
"Ahead of a match, I go to him and discuss my plan. If he likes it, he says go ahead and if he doesn’t, then he corrects me there and then. In fact, I take feedback from him after every match. He is very happy to speak and discuss various things.
“I learn something new every day from him. Mahi sir always says - ‘don’t think too much and don’t take pressure. The more you think and take pressure, you will make more mistakes’. He said - ‘just be relaxed and go and bowl,” Mukesh Choudhary said.
Choudhary said that Dhoni’s guidance has helped him a lot and he’s now preparing himself for the death bowling.
“Dhoni sir’s guidance has helped me a lot. I have been bowling in the powerplay and got wickets and controlled the flow of runs. I swing the ball and don’t let a batsman score. I create pressure. A batsman will try to score under pressure, he will play some rushed shots and lose his wicket. Dhoni sir has asked me to prepare for the death overs now.
The left-arm pacer talked about the advice Dhoni gave him and said that he’s learning each day under him.
“He said you have been bowling in the powerplay and now be ready to bowl in the death overs. He said - ‘pressure nahi lena, bass run mat dena, wicket ayega’ (Don’t take pressure, just don’t leak runs, wickets will come). I am learning each day under Dhoni sir," he said.
Talking about his IPL experience, Choudhary said that he’s got a lot of backing from his team management and he’s grateful to learn things from the likes of Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
“The (IPL) experience has been really good so far. The management, seniors, and my teammates have given me a lot of support. MS Dhoni trusts my abilities. He guides me every day. He doesn’t let the pressure of anything get to any player on the team.
“I am really grateful that I am playing under his (Dhoni’s) leadership. I got to learn a lot from Dhoni sir, (Ravindra) Jadeja, (Dwayne) Bravo, Rutu (Ruturaj Gaikwad). CSK are playing to win. We have our aim set on the playoffs," he said.
He will be next seen in action when CSK will next take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday (4th May) at MCA Stadium in Pune.