Dwaine Pretorius
Dwaine Pretorius. (Photograph Supply: IPL/BCCI)

Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius was one of many new additions to the Chennai Tremendous Kings squad within the IPL 2022 because the franchise roped him at his base worth of INR 50 lakh. Whereas the staff had a dismal run this season, they curated some positive gamers, and certainly one of them was Pretorius because the all-rounder showcased some positive talents within the six video games he performed.

Within the league recreation towards Mumbai Indians, Pretorius assisted MS Dhoni on the sector whereas chasing and performed some composed pictures. His partnership with the skipper helped the facet cowl some runs throughout the loss of life overs because the latter completed off the sport within the ultimate over to seize a victory.

The all-rounder is part of the South African facet for the upcoming five-match T20I sequence towards India as each the groups are presently in Delhi, making ready for his or her first fixture. Throughout a press convention on Monday, June 6, forward of the sport, Pretorius was requested about his learnings from the cash-rich occasion.

“Enjoying my first IPL was a fantastic expertise. It was certainly one of my bucket listing gadgets and that too to get the chance to play for CSK, probably the most profitable franchises. I loved each second of it. You get plenty of duty as a participant. I actually loved taking part in below Dhoni as properly and batting with him, seeing the model worth he has in India simply reveals how large he’s and what he has executed for the game on this nation,” he stated.

The largest factor I discovered from Dhoni is how calm he’s on the crease: Pretorius

The 33-year-old batted alongside Dhoni 4 occasions in his six video games, of which essentially the most outstanding one was towards Mumbai Indians because the duo stitched up a 33-run partnership in 21 balls for the seventh wicket earlier than Pretorius was dismissed. Nonetheless, he carried plenty of insights from the sport whereas batting with one of many most interesting cricketers.

“The largest factor I discovered from him (Dhoni) is how calm he’s on the crease, and the way a lot he tries to take strain off himself and put it onto the bowler. He made me notice that, on the loss of life, the batter isn’t below extra strain. It’s really the bowler who’s below extra strain. You may nonetheless lose the match if you must defend 18 off the final three balls, and as a batter, you possibly can really win it. It was a contemporary mindset,” he added.

“He doesn’t get too excited. He doesn’t get too down on himself. Something is at all times attainable. He’s very optimistic. He believes he can do something. I’m going to attempt to deliver that into my recreation – the calmness but in addition the self-belief that, from any place, any recreation might be received,” he added.