Captain remains cool ahead of the final

Ahead of the IPL final against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, Chennai Super Kings captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and coach, Stephen Fleming, spoke on the mega clash.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be hoping to end campaign on a winning note.   -  Prashant Nakwe

Ahead of the IPL final against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, Chennai Super Kings captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and coach, Stephen Fleming, spoke on the mega clash.

Here’s what they said…

On not bowling Harbhajan Singh in the last game

Dhoni: You know I have a lot of cars and bikes in my house. I don’t ride all at a time. There are times especially when you have six to seven bowlers in the side, you want to the condition, who is batting and what is needed at that point... I have always said in the past when we had Negi and Jadeja, I always gave them different slots in bowling.

On CSK’s reliance on ageing stars

Dhoni: Experience really counts but it’s not that it always matters. It is not something that can’t be replaced. Excess of everything is bad. The good thing is we have managed with them very well, we have got quite a few good fielders in the side... It is good that whenever we have played we have had at least two good fielders or outstanding fielders, who can man that deep midwicket position. We have done well so far but it is something that can hurt us at any time.

On Ambati Rayudu’s contribution this season

Fleming: Rayudu has been very good. He’s been one of a number of players that have contributed with match-winning performances, we’ve had a few. He was somewhat written off, I guess, as most of our team was at the end of the auction, so it’s good to see him get some game time and grow in confidence and the way in which he has done it is very rewarding from a coach and an option point of view... It’s a great final and the players like Rayudu are looking forward to one more performance and that’s the exciting part of this tournament that one player can shift a game as one player (Rashid) did for Sunrisers last night, he had a huge impact. So fortunately he won’t probably be able to do it tomorrow because having to do it twice in a row is tough. He’s capable of doing it as a number of players are and as the boys said, we’re delighted to be part of it.