Chahar: 'CSK takes pride from close finishes'

Deepak Chahar was adjudged the player of the match after he sent down bowling figures of 4-1-15-3.

Chennai Super Kings' Deepak Chahar

Deepak Chahar (L) celebrates after dismissing SRH's Manish Pandey.   -  K. V. S. Giri

 

Deepak Chahar, the bowling hero in Chennai Super Kings' exciting win over Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Sunday, said that winning close matches actually helps increase the confidence level of the team.

MATCH REPORT

"We take pride from these close finishes and feel better. Well, the reason why we keep winning such matches is we have MS Dhoni as captain. His advice during the huddles when Kane (Williamson) and Yusuf (Pathan) were batting well was just not to bowl to their strengths; to stick to a good line and length. And, importantly staying cool," Chahar informed the media, after the match.

"I enjoyed bowling on this wicket which had bounce and swing and, obviously, I am pleased with my performance," he said.

Chahar said, the younger players in CSK are learning a lot from the vastly experienced seniors in the team. "You can see from the attitude of the entire team on the field that we are like one family," he added.

On whether there was any specific strategy from the CSK batsmen to attack Sunrisers' leggie Rashid Khan, the pace bowler said it was more of a compulsion than a strategy.

'Positives in defeat for SRH'

For his part, Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson felt there were a lot of positives even from the defeat.

"The start was not good, but, we have a very good partnership in the middle. It was obvious that CSK posted a very challenging total. Disappointed that having come close, we couldn't cross the line," he said.

Referring to the bowlers being expensive in the death overs, Williamson said that it is only a question of adaptability to different surfaces we tend to play in the IPL. "We are a very good bowling side and there is no serious concern. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) had a stiff back and that was one of the reasons why he was given short spells," he added.

The Kiwi complimented Ambati Rayudu for playing an outstanding knock to put the pressure back on his team after the bowlers did a very good job in the first 10 overs.