Always tension when Dhoni is batting, says Shreyas Iyer after win against CSK in IPL 2022 opener
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Shreyas Iyer said there is always a sense of tension when Mahendra Singh Dhoni bats in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season opener after beating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets.
As KKR defeated CSK by six wickets at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, Ajinkya Rahane’s 44-run knock put Dhoni’s half-century in vain.
“There is always tension when MS Dhoni is batting. I knew momentum was going to shift towards them with the dew around. It was difficult to grip the ball. Enjoying the new franchise. CEO, management, support staff have been outstanding. Just need to carry the momentum. It was spungier than we imagined,” said Shreyas in a post-match presentation.
“This is one place I love to play. I grew up here. I thought it would be flat. It was pretty easy for me with the bowling lineup I had. Umesh has worked hard in the nets and did well in the practice games too. Really chuffed to see him perform today,” he added.
With 9 balls remaining, Shreyas hit the winning boundary, bringing KKR home after Rahane’s 44-run innings.
After losing early wickets, CSK’s Dhoni struck an unbeaten half-century to help his team reach a respectable total of 131/5.
CSK’s next match will be against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on March 31, while KKR will face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on March 30.