Fitness matter more than age, says MS Dhoni after IPL triumph

Dean Simpson
May 28, 2018

Australian Shane Watson has hit a belligerent unbeaten century as Chennai Super Kings won their third Indian Premier League title with a thumping eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Watson said that he will now need a three-month rest to get over a hamstring injury that had made him question whether he would finish the seven-week IPL season. It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile.

Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 178/6 (Kane Williamson 47, Yusuf Pathan 45 not out; Lungi Ngidi 1/26) vs Chennai Super Kings: 181/2 (Shane Watson 117 not out; Carlos Brathwaite 1/27).

Soon the duo helped their team get past the 100-run mark in the 12th over and just after that Watson, who was looking at his best, hammered Sandeep to 27 runs in his final over.

Dhoni captained Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017 before re-uniting with Chennai. But MS Dhoni's side, which was tailor-made for the turning track in Chennai, had to adjust and eventually came through finishing second in the group stage and eventually claiming the IPL 2018 title.

"We valued experience for consistency".

"We thought it'll be a competitive total, but the pitch did hold a bit. In a way that's validated our faith in them". It means a lot to be with a franchise like CSK. A lot of desire and the best people to deal with that were men who had experienced it before.

He was a key cog in India's World Twenty20 triumph in South Africa in 2007 and was adjudged player-of-the-tournament in the team's victorious 50-over World Cup triumph four years later in 2011.

For someone who wielded a willow that appeared to have sweet-spots wherever the ball made contact, Yuvraj struggled to find the middle of the bat against modest bowlers in less demanding circumstances. Skipper MS Dhoni also mentioned that it is all about remaining fit and has nothing to do with the age. He defied critics who predicted that his ability to finish off games was on the wane, notably producing a 34-ball 70 against Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore - winning the game with a six.

With the 11th season of the IPL coming to an end on Sunday evening in Mumbai, Suresh Raina has now become the batsman with highest runs in the history of the tournament and is ahead of the Indian captain Virat Kohli.

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