CSK pacer Mukesh Choudhary, for his IPL 2022 heroics, has credited MS Dhoni and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Mukesh shared what it was like to represent the star-studded Chennai Super Kings. He also discussed how his confidence increased after the match against Mumbai Indians.
On chennaisuperkings.com, Mukesh said: “I never thought I would play for Chennai Super Kings. When I was on the team bus (for the first time), Dhoni tapped me on the shoulder and I was like, ‘Oh this is happening with me’ and I felt very proud.”
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Mukesh’s first two games in IPL 2022 were forgettable. He picked 1 wicket and conceded runs at 11+ economy. Discussions with MS Dhoni and Ruturaj Gaikwad, helped Mukesh bounce back. In Match 33 of IPL 2022, against Mumbai Indians, Mukesh registered figures of 19/3 and grabbed ‘Man of the Match’ award. His confidence increased after this performance.
Mukesh added: “In my first two matches, I couldn’t perform to my potential. So, I used to talk to him (Dhoni) every day and also in between matches. Dhoni told me to believe in my abilities. Rutu (Ruturaj) is my friend… so he was always there with me, he supported me and gave me the confidence saying, ‘You have everything, you just have to believe in yourself because for every player it happens, where they go through this phase.’ After the Mumbai (Indians) game, I gained confidence and continued to bowl with that confidence.”
In the absence of Deepak Chahar, Mukesh took charge of powerplay bowling for CSK. The pacer played 13 matches, picked 16 wickets in his debut season. Along with DJ Bravo, Mukesh was CSK’s leading wicket-taker in IPL 2022.
Mukesh Choudhary to participate in KFC T20 Max Series
Mukesh Choudhary from @ChennaiIPL has played 25 T20s and claimed 32 scalps.
— Queensland Cricket (@qldcricket) July 22, 2022
Mukesh Choudhary was recently signed up along with Chetan Sakariya as overseas player for the KFC T20 Max series in Queensland. Sakariya will play for Sunshine Coast, while Mukesh will play for Wynnum-Manly. The tournament will be played from August 18 to September 4.
As part of an exchange with the MRF Pace Foundation, The two pacers will also train at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. The duo will be a part of Queensland Bulls’ pre-season preparations.