South Africa bowling all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, who was part of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, has said that he will be trying his best to bring legendary Indian captain MS Dhoni’s “calmness and self-belief” in his game.
Dwaine Pretorius, who was bought by the four-time Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction for his base price of Rs 50 lakh, played just six matches, scoring 44 runs and picking six wickets.
While talking about his first stint in the marquee Indian Premier League (IPL), Dwaine Pretorius said that playing in the Indian Premier League was one of his bucket list items and getting an opportunity to play for four-time champions was a great experience for him.
“Playing my first IPL was a great experience. It was one of my bucket list items and that too to get the opportunity to play for CSK, one of the most successful franchises. I enjoyed every moment of it. You get a lot of responsibility as a player,” the 33-year-old was quoted as saying by the news agency PTI.
He added that he enjoyed playing under the leadership of legendary Indian captain MS Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings.
“I really enjoyed playing under Dhoni as well and batting with him, seeing the brand value he has in India just shows how big he is and what he has done for the sport in this country. It was awesome being a part of that.
“The biggest thing that I have learnt from him is how calm he is at the crease, the way he takes the pressure off himself and tries to put it on to the bowler. He made me realise that at the death it’s actually the bowlers who are under pressure. It was a fresh mindset and also he doesn’t get too excited and is always optimistic. He believes he can do anything and I am going to try to bring his calmness and self-belief into my game,” Pretorius added.
Performances in this series is going to go far to secure a spot in the World Cup – Dwaine Pretorius on India T20Is
The first match of the five-match T20I series between India and South Africa will be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on June 9.
While talking about the T20I series against India, Dwaine Pretorius said that the strong performance in the series will help some Proteas players to secure a place in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which will be played in Australia from October 16 to November 13.
“A strong performance in this series is key for players keeping the T20 World Cup in mind. India is a strong T20 side and if we do well in this series, we can consider ourselves as strong contender. Performances in this series is going to go far to secure a spot in the World Cup,” he said.
Dwaine Pretorius further said that he wants to win the T20I series for South Africa and establish himself as one of the leading T20 all-rounders.
“You test yourself as a player against some of the best T20 players of the world. Personally, I want to push myself and make a good impact for the team. From a personal note, I want to win the series going into the World Cup.
“I want to establish myself as a leading T20 all-rounder in this series going into the T20 World Cup,” he said.
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