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“Dhoni Bhai Always Pushed Me To Do Better” – Simarjeet Singh On His Experience Of Playing Under CSK Captain

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Simarjeet Singh and MS Dhoni (Credit: Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pacer Simarjeet Singh impressed everyone with his skiddy pace in the 2022 season of Indian Premier League (IPL). He took four wickets in six matches at an economy rate of 7.67. In an interview with CSK TV, the youngster described his feelings of playing in IPL alongside CSK captain MS Dhoni.

Simarjeet stated that he learnt how to stay calm in pressure situations from MS Dhoni. He also revealed that Dhoni always guided him and pushed him to do better in IPL. Simarjeet Singh was in awe of leadership skills of Dhoni and said that he can keep listening to his words.

Overall it’s Mahi bhai. I learnt how to be calm in pressure situations from Mahi (Dhoni) bhai. Watching him on the television is a different thing as one does not know what happens after we finish an over. In reality he always keeps guiding me and pushes me to do better. Mahi bhai told me ‘I bowled well’. I can keep listening to his words forever,” Simarjeet said. 

Simarjeet Singh also revealed an interesting incident about his debut game. Simarjeet said that he was very nervous from inside during the debut match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The 24-year-old said:

“I was telling everyone that I was not nervous in the first game against SRH. But in reality, I was extremely nervous during that game. When I entered the stadium for the first time, it felt super different with the crowds being back in the stands.”

“I was focusing on showcasing my skillset” – Simarjeet Singh on his mindset in IPL

Simarjeet Singh also revealed that he didn’t feel pressure while he was sitting on bench. But there is a lot of difference in being part of the playing XI. Simarjeet added:

“There’s a lot of difference between sitting on the bench and being a part of the playing eleven. From the outside, I didn’t feel the pressure as such.”

“I don’t want to think about the result. I only want to think about the game, which game gets me better. So, I kept thinking about how I can always give my hundred per cent. Results are not in my hand, what is to happen will happen. I was trying just to stay on my skills first. I was only focusing on showcasing my best skillset,” he concluded. 

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