Home > News >

MS Dhoni says he was worried about pitch conditions after rain delay against KKR in IPL 2014

The match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders was delayed due to rain as a result of which the pitch was assisting the spinners  © IANS
The match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders was delayed due to rain as a result of which the pitch was assisting the spinners © IANS

Ranchi: May 3, 2014

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was as pleased as punch after his side’s convincing 34-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 on Friday night. Dhoni said he was worried at the toss about how the pitch would behave.

“We were worried about how the pitch might behave, but decided to bat first thinking that it might slow down later,” the CSK captain said at the post-match presentation, adding that the yellow brigade opted to continue with the same combination as they had opener Dwayne Smith as a back-up seam option. CSK again stamped their authority with a big win after the match was reduced to 17 overs per side after a one hour 40 minutes delay due to rain.

Ravindra Jadeja produced a brilliant spell of spin bowling that saw him return figures of four for 12, after Brendon McCullum’s sizzling 40-ball 56 powered CSK to a daunting 148 for three. Asked about the shots he executes with so much ease using his bottom hand, Dhoni was modest and said the situation at times demands such innovations. Man of the Match Jadeja said he backs himself on turning tracks.

“Whenever the ball turns I back myself to get wickets, and it feels very nice to be doing well,” he said. Jadeja said he felt it would be a good day as soon as he bowled a few balls on this pitch at the JSCA International Stadium Complex. KKR skipper wore a dejected look after the side’s yet another loss. The left-handed opener, who is going through a horror run of form, said there have been a few good individual performances from Kolkata’s players, but they haven’t clicked as a team yet. “We won seven games in a row when we won the IPL,” he said and hoped they can replicate that.

Click here for IPL 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad


West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts


Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test


Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s double ton puts Pakistan on top against Australia at stumps on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

WICB officials should visit India to minimize damage: Andy Roberts

Younis Khan: I want to be remembered as team-man

ICC World Cup 2015: New Zealand prime minister urges Indian fans to attend the tournament

Mohammad Yousuf: Muttiah Muralitharan would not have been allowed to bowl under current ICC rules

Mohammad Azharuddin’s son included in UP One-Day squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy

Don Bradman dismissed twice on the same day

Virat Kohli’s captaincy opportunities important in context of India’s succession plans

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here