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MS Dhoni taught Dwaine Pretorious that bowlers face more pressure than batters at the end

Pretorious, who is currently in India with the South African squad ahead of a 5 match T20I series that begins on June 9 in New Delhi, said Dhoni convinced him that a bowler is under more pressure in the death overs than a batter.

Dwaine Pretorious, a South African all-rounder, learned a lot from former India captain MS Dhoni during his IPL 2022 stint with Chennai Super Kings. However, the right-arm pacer, who can also bat down the order, cited the CSK captain’s “biggest” lesson as remaining calm in high-pressure situations. Dhoni, according to Pretorius, believes anything is possible.

Dwaine Pretorious
Dwaine Pretorious

“If you have to defend 18 off the last three balls as a bowler, you can still lose the match; however, if you have to defend 18 off the last three balls as a batter, you can win it. It was a new perspective. He isn’t overly enthusiastic. He doesn’t have a lot of self-doubt.

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Anything is always possible with him, which I admire. He is a very upbeat person. He believes he is capable of accomplishing anything.” According to ESPNCricinfo, Pretorius said.

Pretorious, who is currently in India with the South African squad ahead of a five-match T20I series that begins on June 9 in New Delhi, said Dhoni convinced him that a bowler is under more pressure in the death overs than a batter.

“The most important thing I learned from him is how calm he is at the crease and how much he tries to shift the burden of responsibility from himself to the bowler. He taught me that at the end of the game, the bowler is the one who is under the most pressure, not the batter “he stated

When Dhoni rolled the clock back against the Mumbai Indians in an IPL 2022 match on April 21 at the DY Patil Stadium, Pretorious batted with him. During CSK’s 156-run chase, Pretorious and Dhon formed an important partnership. Even though the tall South African was dismissed near the end of the match, Dhoni hung in there and guided CSK to victory, despite the fact that 17 runs were required in the final five balls.

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Dwaine Pretorious
Dwaine Pretorious

Pretorious stated that he intends to incorporate that aspect into his game. “I’m going to try to incorporate that into my game: the calmness, but also the belief that any game can be won from any position.”

With only four wins in 14 games, CSK had a forgettable season. They finished ninth in the points table, just ahead of Mumbai Indians on run rate.

Pretorious, on the other hand, claimed that the CSK’s “experienced” helped them get through the difficult situations.

“The CSK franchise has a lot of experience, which is a plus. We all know that cricket doesn’t always work out for you “According to Pretorius. “It’s critical to focus on the positive aspects of a bad season in order to build a stronger future. It’s all about preparing for the next year or three years and ensuring that a bad season does not turn into a complete disaster.”

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