Stay cool, make better decisions: MSD

Chennai Super Kings skipper says keeping calm helps one’s game

By IPL Staff
Chennai 04 April 2012
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back in Chennai looking to defend the IPL title for the second straight time. As the Chennai Super Kings kickstart DLF IPL 2012 with a match against the mighty Mumbai Indians, the pressure will be huge and the stakes high. Dhoni, however, was characteristically calm in his pre-match media interaction.

“We don’t take too much of pressure. We take pride in our performance in fulfilling our roles and responsibilities. The team has gelled well over the last four years and that is our strength. Here it is always about us rather than individuals,” he assured.

Known for his icy cool demeanour under intense pressure, Dhoni believes keeping emotions in check helps one take better decisions in crunch situations.

“I don’t hide pressure but I just let if off when there is no one around. I express it all alone. I don’t think you should be frustrated in the field. It helps to be calm and cool. It is only when you are in this frame of mind that you are able to think calmly; [it] gives you the [chance] to plan some tactics,” he said.

The CSK captain refused to pick favourites in the tournament, saying all nine teams would be a force to reckon with.“All teams are strong. After this year’s auction, all teams have chosen players that will strengthen their team. But I still feel what is most important is how you play on a particular day; that decides your fate.”

For a team with an excellent record on their home ground, CSK struggled to come to terms with the newly laid Chepauk track at CLT20 2011. Was that a worry for the skipper? “I don’t think about any result. The pitch at the Chepauk is a new wicket. It’s new for us and for visiting teams. But I am confident of a good showing. We have players who will be good for these conditions. Home games are important and we will try to win as many [of these] games as possible. We need to adapt according to the changes.”

Dhoni also spoke about CSK’s USD 2 million buy, Ravindra Jadeja. “[He’s] a good pick for us. Not only is he a good bowler and batsman, he’s also a great fielder. He gives some more bowling options [to the team]. Now we can actually go in for a game with seven to eight batsmen.”
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