MS Dhoni © AFP (file image)
MS Dhoni © AFP (file image)

MS Dhoni, being the practical captain that he is, was quick to point out in the post-match conference that he was calculating the ‘quantum of defeat’ during Chennai’s (miraculous) chase against Mumbai wherein they were lagging behind till the 17th over. Chasing 166, Chennai needed 47 off the last 18 balls, with no surety of Kedar Jadhav returning back to the field due to a hamstring pull. Nonetheless, Dwayne Bravo’s 30-ball 68 turned things around in no time to hand Chennai their first-ever one-wicket win in the tournament history.

While Dhoni acknowledged the fierce rivalry between Chennai and Mumbai, he stated, “I’m a practical person, so I was hoping in the dressing room that the quantum of defeat wasn’t too big. The way Bravo batted, it was really good to see him take the responsibility. Don’t think we batted well as a team. But it’s the first game, so we’ll take the positives out of it. ”

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“I think they missed the competition (on Wankhede fans cheering CSK). CSK-MI is one game that people wait to watch. We’re coming back after two years, that’s also the reason that people are eager to watch us in action,” added the skipper.

Dhoni used seven bowlers, and only three completed their quota of overs. On this, he said, “The kind of players we have got, our selection will be based on horses for courses. We’ll have to keep an eye on lot of things.”