Chennai Super Kings (CSK) used their Right-To-Match (RTM) card for the Caribbean all-rounder bowler Dwayne Bravo in the IPL 2018 auction. He is called as death over specialist and the all-rounder credited CSK skipper MS Dhoni for it.
"He has shown a lot of faith in me, the trust. For me, it's all about preparation. I always like bowling to MS in the end (in practice sessions) as he is one of the best finishers in the game and I challenge myself by bowling to him," the West Indies all-rounder said.
Bravo is the only cricketer to win Purple Cup twice in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Playing for CSK (2011-2015), he scored 706 runs and picked 79 wickets.
"I always give him a scenario, sometimes I win and sometimes he wins," Bravo was quoted as saying by the CSK website.
Lauding the former India captain, he added that under Dhoni, players get to express themselves and learn. "As a leader, he is one of the best that has every played the game, he allows players to express themselves, allows them to learn from their mistakes. He's very cool, very calm and that's very good," Bravo said.
He has been training with the rest of the CSK team at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here ahead of IPL 11 and showed off showed some of the dance moves of his latest song Run D World.
Bravo is looking forward to a good start of the tournament. Chennai will face Mumbai Indians in the opening game of IPL 2018 on April 7.
"The start (to a season) is very important, especially in a tournament like the IPL where all the teams are very, very good," he added.
"It's a tournament where anything is possible and so you want to start well. It gives you that momentum. It can get a little difficult for teams to recover later on in the tournament. "
Like the fans, Bravo is also excited to witness the biggest rivalry of IPL, which he compared with famous 'El Clasico'.
"It's really the El Clasico, two of the biggest franchises in IPL history... two of the most successful franchises. I'm looking forward to it... everyone's looking forward to it. I don't think there can be a bigger tournament opener than this one," he added.
"These kinds of games, they really get me going," Bravo said.