Dwayne Bravo: 'CSK not the fastest team, but plays smart'

The experience of the Chennai Super Kings squad members is invaluable, points out Dwayne Bravo, the all-rounder.

Dwayne Bravo celebrates with his team-mates after dismissing Shikhar Dhawan.   -  IPL

Chennai Super Kings may not be the fastest team on the field, but plays smartly, Dwayne Bravo, the all-rounder, has said.

Super Kings, the defending champion, collected its second win in two matches on Tuesday – a six-wicket defeat of Delhi Capitals in an assured performance away from home.

It was an all-round effort, with Bravo himself chipping in with three crucial wickets in the death overs of Capitals’ innings to prove significant in the contest.

It would be hard to beat Super Kings this season, too, felt Bravo.

“We proved last season [that] age is just a number. Whenever [people] talked about CSK, they brought in the age factor. We are not 60 years old. We are 35, 30, 32, [etc]. We are still young; we look after ourselves, we look after our buddies, and we have a lot of experience, and you can’t beat experience in any sport [or] tournament,” he said after the win on Tuesday.

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“We know we are not the fastest team on the field. We play within our strengths, we know our weaknesses. We stay smart. We have the best captain in the world, and he keeps reminding us that we’re not the fastest team, but we can be the smartest team,” he added.

Bravo turned in a useful spell with the ball overall, but had begun badly, giving away 17 runs in his first over. Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan had collected three boundaries off him.

He turned it around in his next over, dismissing Pant and Colin Ingram, the new batsman, in a relatively economical over.

Revealing the modifications to his bowling that brought about the dismissals, he said, “Seventeen runs in the first over.

It was a matter of poor execution on my part. I learnt from my previous over. The conditions were helping me in terms of not to use much variations but try to bowl a lot more seam-up.

So, that was the game-plan and M. S. [Dhoni] definitely wanted me to bowl a lot straighter – straight, on to the wicket, with good pace – and that’s what I did in the second over.”

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