Dhoni seems to pull the right strings at the right time – Simon Katich

The clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings is somewhat on even keel in the sense of the threat in the opposition camps. If CSK are wary of the Dre Russ threat, the KKR camp are, of MS Dhoni’s. Not overtly in terms of batting, but more so, in terms of strategy and his astute cricketing brain.
Given the stark difference in the wickets at the Chepauk versus what Chennai Super Kings would be playing on at the Eden Gardens tomorrow, when Simon Katich, on the eve of the match was asked how he thought Chennai would cope, he said:
“The wicket has been an absolute belter to bat on, it’s been high-scoring, quick outfield. All the batsmen have certainly enjoyed it out there. Spinners are finding it hard work. It’s quite an easy paced wicket. We’ll have to see what the master, Dhoni, goes in with tomorrow. He seems to pull the right strings at the right time.
“Even the last game they played against Rajasthan, Harbhajan has been bowling beautifully, but he doesn’t play because they have five right-handers in their top order and he brings in Santner who did a good job for them. So, he’s very clever in the way he goes about it, and we probably need to take a leaf out of that book.”
Mike Hussey, CSK’s batting coach, however, went a step ahead of Katich, lauding Dhoni’s all-round prowess and influence that he can have on a side.
“If he comes into the team’s in trouble, quite often you see him play slowly and just resurrect the innings, build a partnership, we’ve seen how dominant and how powerful that can be at the death as well.
“So that that’s probably his value is that he can play a variety of roles. And he plays it very well with a calm head. So, so he’s a huge asset to any team that he plays for.”
Katich, however, believed that his strength lay in preparation. “He’s so well-prepared in terms of, you know, there’s a lot of thought that’s put into the team that you come up against. He’s very clever in the way he uses his bowlers, even the field positions. We were completely outplayed in Chennai,” he said.