I can't start hitting from first ball: Dhoni

Published: Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 9:57 [IST]
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'I can't start hitting from first ball'

East London: Chennai Super Kings captain Dhoni who regained his form with an unbeaten 58 against Chargers said that he is not the kind of batsman who stat slogging from the word go.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck form with an unbeaten 58 to guide Chennai Super Kings to a challenging 178 for three against Deccan Chargers.

"I was struggling when I was coming down the order. I can't start hitting from the very first ball. So I promoted myself but the credit goes to the openers who gave us a good start. We expected more than 175 and happy to get 180," Dhoni, adjudged Man-of-the-Match, said.

"They (Deccan team) rely a lot on Gibbs and Gilchrist and they have big hitters down the order. We needed to take early wickets and capitalized on that.

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However, the skipper was not happy with the fielding of his team, who dropped many catches and missed run out chances too.

Gilchrist admitted that after losing three early wickets they had lost hopes of win.

"We were outplayed in all departments of the game. We did not bowled badly but they batted nicely. We were never in the chase after that start.

"We did hard work early in the tournament and got ourselves in good positions. All is not lost, we will work out and try to get back to winning ways," he said.


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