New Delhi, Apr 29:
Chennai Super Kings’ pathetic run last season was the result of a longer quarantine, change in venue and lack of competitive cricket in build-up but this year the players have taken more responsibility while performing their roles, skipper M.S. Dhoni said on Wednesday.
CSK regained the top spot with a convincing seven-wicket win over SunRisers Hyderabad, making short work of a challenging 172-run target.
CSK ended at the bottom in the UAE edition but this season, they are on a roll, having won five of the six matches played.
Asked about team’s impressive performance right from the beginning, Dhoni listed out a number of reasons.
“Whenever you start the tournament, you may or may not face issues in playing XI. The earlier you settle the better. Another factor was for 5-6 months, we were out of cricket. Nothing was allowed. That also makes it difficult. Change of quarantine, was slightly longer. Lot of factors,” said Dhoni.
“Overall, if I have to sum it up, the players have taken more responsibility this year.” Dhoni also emphasised on keeping the dressing room a happy place and made a special mention for players who have not yet got a game.
“You will be facing adverse things but ultimately it boils down to how each individual rises to the occasion and gives the extra 10 per cent for the team. Last 8-10 years, we’ve not changed lot of players so they know our approach,” he said. SRH skipper David Warner said he would take “full responsibility for the way I batted”.
“I batted slow and hit the fielders. The way Manish batted was exceptional. Kane and Kedar got us to a respectable total, but at the end of the day, I take full responsibility,” said Warner who took 55 balls for his 57-run knock .