Chennai Super Kings’ Simarjeet Singh has heaped praise on MS Dhoni, saying the right-arm fast bowler can keep listening to Dhoni’s words forever as it helps to keep himself in pressure situations. Simarjeet has further explained how nervous he was from inside when he made his IPL 2022 debut.
Over the years, irrespective of spinners or fast bowlers, there have been plenty of compliments for MS Dhoni due to his guidance skills on and off the field. Simarjeet Singh, who made his debut for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2022, is the latest one to be in the last.
Simarjeet, who picked up four wickets in the six matches in IPL 2022 at an economy of 7.67, was bought at INR 20 lakh by CSK ahead of the season. He became the regular starter for the franchise in the second half of the season when Dhoni took the captaincy role back from Ravindra Jadeja after the latter’s request.
Speaking with CSK TV, Simarjeet explained how Dhoni helped him to become a more mature bowler. The right-arm pacer revealed Dhoni’s words help him to keep calm whenever there are pressure situations, and due to that, he can listen to the former Indian captain’s words forever.
“Overall it's Mahi Bhai. I learnt how to be calm in pressure situations from Mahi (Dhoni) Bhai. Watching him on the television is a different thing as one does not know what happens after we finish an over. In reality, he always keeps guiding me and pushing me to do better. Mahi Bhai told me I bowled well. I can keep listening to his words forever," Simarjeet told CSK TV.
Furthermore, when asked about his experience to play IPL for the first time, Simarjeet replied, “I was telling everyone that I was not nervous in the first game against SRH. But in reality, I was extremely nervous during that game. When I entered the stadium for the first time, it felt super different with the crowds being back in the stands. There's a lot of difference between sitting on the bench and being a part of the playing eleven. From the outside, I didn't feel the pressure as such.
"I don't want to think about the result. I only want to think about the game, which game gets me better. So, I kept thinking about how I can always give my hundred per cent. Results are not in my hand, what is to happen will happen. I was trying just to stay on my skills first. I was only focusing on showcasing my best skillset.”