MS Dhoni made a full stretch to avoid a run out in a league match against RR in IPL 2021
MS Dhoni made a full stretch to avoid a run out

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday admitted that while it is hard to “keep up” with younger players in the squad he does not want anyone to point fingers at him over his fitness.

MS Dhoni Focus on maintaining Fitness

Dhoni, 39, who retired from international cricket last year, admitted that “getting old and being fit are two difficult things”.

“When you are playing, you don’t really want anyone to say he’s unfit. I have to keep up with the younger guys, they are very fast, it’s good to challenge them,” Dhoni said after CSK beat Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs in their IPL match.

“Performances are something that’s guaranteed. I wasn’t guaranteeing performances when I was 24. I can’t guarantee when I am 40, but at least if people can’t point finger at me that he’s unfit then that will be a big positive for me.”

Meanwhile, speaking about the match, the CSK captain applauded his side’s performance.

“I felt Sam bowled really well. Deepak, there was a bit of miscalculation with the knuckle delivery. So I felt a good start was important. Even the wet ball was spinning.

“I don’t really mind Jos playing reverse sweep. If the wet ball was turning then the chance of the dry ball turning is high.”

“The way we have prepared. The bowlers have been under the pump last year also, so they’re used to the conditions.”

“Our bowlers bowled really well, they batted too deep. 10-15 runs extra we gave down the line. We lost the match but there are a lot of positives.

“The dew didn’t come and the ball was still turning, so it was a bit shocking to see.

“It’s important to maintain good composure, this format demands us to score at a higher risk rate, so it’s very normal to get out often. I keep working on the basics and giving myself some time at the centre,” he concluded.

Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs to bag their second victory of the tournament. Chennai Super Kings now moved to the second position on the IPL 2021 points table.