(On areas they need to improve on and the positives) Our execution in the middle was good. We lost wickets in clumps, though. When we are on with the bat, like we were in Dharamsala, we were very good. It is about going back to the drawing board, regrouping and coming back stronger next year. You got to adapt, got to have your gameplan. Here you have to hit straight and the way CSK played today, that is how you have to play in these conditions.
(On the pitch) It did not turn as much as I thought. Once I got in, I thought I could hit my boundaries. It was about not getting bogged down. If we had a couple of partnerships, we might have gotten closer. (On his performance) Trying to be as consistent as you can at the top of the order. You have to give yourself a chance. Our powerplay was not the best this year and we have to work hard on that.
(On CSK’s playoff record) There is no recipe as such. You try to pick the best players and try to give them the best slot. You use them in the manner where they have most chances of succeeding and groom them in the areas where they are not as strong. If you are doing whatever is best for the team, it falls into line. The management has been great, including the support staff. They always keep telling us to not worry and to keep doing what we have been doing.
But of course, the players are also important. (On the fast bowlers) When it comes to death bowling, confidence is a very important factor. If you look at Tushar, he has developed that death-overs bowling. How many times you can execute under pressure is the main thing. When you are confident, you execute more often than not. Behind the scenes, a lot of work goes on and I feel the bowlers have taken the responsibility.
Pathirana is quite a natural when it comes to bowling at the death so that is one less headache. The way Tushar has come around has been remarkable. (Qualities he looks for in players) You need someone who is always team-first. Those are the kind of characters you look for. From a distance, it is difficult to judge that. We want them (players) to adjust to the environment. Even if they try to come 10%, we are willing to go to 50% and meet them in the middle.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Player of the Match:
(On his innings) Important game to win, it was a must-win game and it was important game for me as well. Thankful for this wonderful franchise for backing me throughout and hopefully it can continue for many more years. (Plan against spin) The wicket was holding a little bit. It was difficult to hit the fast bowlers. We thought we had a chance against the spinners because the straight boundaries are shorter.
After 10-12 overs, with Dube, Mahi bhai and Jaddu to come in, we thought to go for it. He (Conway) had one or two areas where he wanted to improve and he has done really well. I think he has had a great experience and he is one of those guys who is always open to conversation. Love having him around. We talk a lot about what options to take, what not to take. That makes both of us less nervous and more confident.
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals Highlights today, Saturday 20-5-2023. 67th Match (N), Indian Premier League 2023, Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Dhoni says they are going in with the same eleven that played against KKR. He reckons the pitch may slow down as the game progresses, and that that influenced his decision to bat first.
Warner says it is about consistency and that today is about spoiling the CSK party. Lalit Yadav comes back in for DC, and there is one other change that we will confirm for you in a bit.
Toss: Super Kings chose to bat.
Chennai Super Kings team: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana
Delhi Capitals team: David Warner (c), Yash Dhull, Phil Salt (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Aman Khan, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Anrich Nortje
Head to Head In T20’s: 28
Chennai Super Kings Won: 18
Delhi Capitals Won: 10
(last five completed Matches, most recent first)
Chennai Super Kings LWWNRL
Delhi Capitals WLLWW
Match Timings: 2:00 PM GMT | 7:30 PM Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Nikhil Patwardhan
TV Umpire – Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee – Sanjay Verma
Reserve Umpire – Mohit Krishnadas
Match number – IPL 2023 – 67th Match