Anil Kumble, who both played with and later coached MS Dhoni, has stated that the CSK skipper will be charged up for the IPL and will give his 100% in the course of the tournament. Kumble also explained the Glenn Maxwell coup by saying the side needed an impact player in the middle overs.
After retiring from international cricket, MS Dhoni’s sole motive will now be concentrated with Chennai Super Kings - a franchise he has given his all for since the IPL’s inception in 2008. The independence that Dhoni enjoyed at the CSK has been one of the fundamental factors behind his success and one might believe now that the pressure of international cricket is over, he can bat more freely in the IPL. Kings XI Punjab head coach Anil Kumble disagreed, but admitted that Dhoni will be at his lethal best.
"I don't understand what is the meaning of extra motivation. I am sure Dhoni is motivated that is why he is here. Knowing MS, he will obviously give his 100 percent, even when I played IPL's second season, I had retired, the last two seasons I played in IPL, I was retired. I am sure MS will be as motivated to do well in IPL," Kumble said in a virtual press conference, reported ANI.
Kings XI Punjab were one of the smartest buyers in the last auction and after getting rid of a tired leg like David Miller, they bought their UAE marauder Glenn Maxwell who lit up the 2014 season. On being asked about that, Kumble stated that they wanted to have an impact player in the middle-overs and Maxwell fit the bill perfectly.
"In the players' auction we addressed that we needed an impact player and that is why we bought Glenn Maxwell. He can field and bat, he is a gun fielder as well. The other part was that we needed a fast bowler who can bowl at the death that is why we looked at Sheldon Cottrell. Overall we are satisfied with the squad we have. In the end, it's about keeping the things simple," Kumble said.