MS Dhoni gave a fresh warning to CSK bowlers after the four-time IPL winners defeated LSG by 12 runs on Monday at the Chepauk.
Chennai Super Kings won their first home match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Monday as they beat the Kl Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants by 12 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. In the high-scoring match, CSK made 217/7 in 20 overs. LSG, making a good start, only managed 205/7 runs in 20 overs. Though CSK won, their bowlers were blameworthy of conceding too many freebies- 18 (leg-byes – 2, wides – 13, no balls – 3). In CSK’s first match too, against Gujarat Titans, the bowlers conceded 12 extras (lb 6, w 4, nb 2).
CSK captain MS Dhoni gave a severe warning to his bowlers. “Fast bowling we need to slightly improve. Need to bowl according to the conditions. What is important is to keep an eye on what the opposition bowlers are doing. One more thing is they’ll have to bowl no no-balls or extra wides, or they’ll have to play under a new captain. It will be my second warning and then I’ll be off,” he said.
The former Indian skipper was also surprised by the pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. “It was a terrific game, a high-scoring game. All of us were thinking about how the wicket will be. We had that doubt. It was a high-scoring game. Overall I think it was a perfect first game that happened and it was a full house for the first game in 5 or 6 years since we’ve been here,” Dhoni said.
“I thought it will be much slower. It was a wicket where you could score runs but overall it got a bit slower. We’ll have to see how it plays over the next six games at home but hopefully, we can score here. Even if it’s on the flatter side, force batters to hit over the fielders.”
#CSK bowlers today bowled 13 wides and 3 no balls against #LSG and Captain @msdhoni, in his inimitable style, had this to say. 😁😆#TATAIPL | #CSKvLSG pic.twitter.com/p6xRqaZCiK
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 3, 2023
Reason for no ball/wide is.. may be @ChennaiIPL bowlers are focusing more on impressing the legend behind the wicket than targeting the batsman in front of the wicket.
Such effect @msdhoni is having over ppl around him
— Aslam (@AslamOasis) April 3, 2023
Dhoni might be ageing but his passion for the game is second to none. Even though he can easily chill with his family at this age, he is still as much competitive as he was when he retired from international cricket. Don't think the sport will ever come across a person like him.
— Rahul Sharma (@CricFnatic) April 3, 2023
This is not bursting out…if players continue to bowl wides at upcoming matches…slow over rate will make the captain to sit out of the game by consecutive mistakes!
He meant tht in sarcastic way
— Dr Rajkumar (@I_Raj13) April 3, 2023
— Suryaa (@SuryaPr28) April 3, 2023
They need it. pic.twitter.com/rXtPAIVt5B
— Wasif K (@wasiffkhalil) April 3, 2023
That comment was for the slow over rate. The first few times the captain gets monetarily fined but if this happens more than 3 times, the captain gets suspended.
— Singh.Gaganmeet (@SGaganmeet) April 3, 2023
Thala giving last warning bowlers should take this seriously 😂
— Nazia Sheikh (@n_sheikh007) April 3, 2023
Super captain. He's been too lenient and kind with the indeciplined bowlers. It's time that they get back to proper cricket
— bhalajit velu (@vBhalajitv) April 4, 2023
He was definitely not cool yesterday seemed pretty tense and also there is a limit fr everyones patience .. too many extra is always a headache for the captain
— Common_man (@_am_who_iam) April 4, 2023