Exclusive – IPL 2022: When MS Dhoni won 6 in World Championship Finals, I decided I would also aim to play for the country one day, grateful to play under Dhoni’s guidance, says Mukesh choudhary | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: When Chennai Super Kings star pacer Deepak Chahar was ruled out of IPL 2022 due to injury, the four-time champions were looking for a suitable replacement for the star pacer. CSK issued this challenge to Maharashtra’s left-arm pacemaker Mukesh Choudhary who has played 13 top-class games so far. The 25-year-old made his IPL debut against Lucknow Super Giants and went wicketless, conceding 39 runs. In the next 4 matches, Choudhary won 4 wickets (one wicket per match). It was not a fairy tale start. He didn’t just leak, he also had slip-ups on the pitch.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni, who is known for his composure on the pitch, knew Choudhary lacked confidence but was gaining much-needed training and match experience. Dhoni decided to give the 25-year-old, who has the ability to swing the ball, one more chance and gave him a pep talk ahead of the Mumbai Indians clash – and Choudhary delivered in style.

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Choudhary, who was part of the CSK camp last season as a net bowler and was bought by CSK in the last player auction for his base price of Rs 20 lakh, showed Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Dewald Brevis the way to the pavilion. He opened the attack for CSK with the ball and got rid of Rohit on the second ball of the match with an inswinger from length. He then brought Ishan Kishan to his knees, castling him with a toe-crushing yorker to give CSK a good start.

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Choudhary didn’t stop there. After taking 2 wickets (Rohit and Ishan) in his first pass, he came back in his next after noticing how Dewald Brevis, also known as Baby ABD, was running down the track. He shortened his length and rushed the South African into a shot and the ball ended up in MS Dhoni’s gloves, behind the stumps. Not only did Choudhary win the Man of the Match award in this match, but he also received praise from Dhoni.
“Dhoni sir’s advice helped me a lot. I played the power play, got wickets and controlled the flow of runs. I swing the ball and don’t let a batsman score. I create pressure. A batsman will try to score under pressure he will play rushing shots and lose his wicket. Dhoni sir asked me to prepare for death overs now. He said you have played powerplay and now you are ready to play in the death overs He said – “pressure nahi lena, bass run mat dena, wicket ayega” (Don’t take pressure, don’t leak, the wickets will come) I learn every day under Dhoni sir “, said Choudhary. TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview.

“Before a game I go to him and discuss my plan. If he likes it he says go for it and if he doesn’t then he corrects me on the spot. In fact, I take his feedback after every game.. He is very happy to talk and discuss various things. I learn something new every day from him. Mahi sir always says – “don’t think too much and don’t take pressure. The more you think and take pressure, the more mistakes you make.” He said – “just relax and go play,” further said the 25-year-old left arm pacer, who reaches speeds of around 130 to 140 km/h. TimesofIndia.com.
In CSK’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Choudhary continued his rich vein of form and returned superb numbers of 4-0-46-4. He has played 8 matches in the tournament so far and has 11 scalps to his name so far.

“The (IPL) experience has been really good so far. Management, seniors and my teammates have been very supportive of me. MS Dhoni has confidence in my abilities. He guides me every day. He doesn’t let pressure you’re welcome. I learned a lot from Dhoni sir, (Ravindra) Jadeja, (Dwayne) Bravo, Rutu (Ruturaj Gaikwad). CSK are playing to win. Rajasthan. TimesofIndia.com.
“I was a net bowler last season and I was able to play against all the players (CSK) including Dhoni sir. So they all know me. Many thanks to them for giving me the chance”, Choudhary, who has played 12 A-list matches so far for Maharashtra, taking 17 wickets, said.

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DEEPAK CHAHAR BEHIND THE SCENES ROLE
Deepak Chahar may not be part of CSK’s IPL 2022 journey, but he played a role in helping to shape Choudhary the bowler. Choudhary, after a few disappointing outings in the opening matches, was dejected. He needed advice.
According to Choudhary, Chahar played a big role in helping him regain his lost mojo.
“Deepak bhai has been playing and performing for CSK for quite some time now. He is an amazing bowler. I am in regular contact with him and he guides me a lot. He told me how to analyze the situation and what to play in a situation. I didn’t play well in the first games of the tournament. Deepak bhai called me and gave me advice. He told me what I was missing and how I could improve. from there I started getting results,” Choudhary said. TimesofIndia.com.
“When I claimed 4 wickets against Sunrisers, he called me and congratulated me. He said well done, keep up the good work. He said – “keep an eye on the batsman and listen to Mahi bhai’s instructions “He helped me a lot. Honestly, I was under pressure, but Deepak bhai’s words encouraged me a lot,” he said.
THE FIRST TRIP
Choudhary was born in Bhilwara district in Rajasthan and his father moved his base to Pune for his education. He was admitted to the 9th standard in a boarding school in Pune.
Choudhary’s father, who runs a small business in Rajasthan, wanted him to continue his education. But cricket was the only thing on Choudhary’s mind. He started playing for school, then college, and then took his game to Ranji Trophy level.
When his name started appearing in the newspapers, his parents discovered that he played cricket regularly.
“Only my brother knew about it (playing cricket). My parents were so happy when they saw me growing up in cricket,” said Choudhary, who played 13 first-class games, claiming 38 wickets.
HOW THE HISTORICAL WC TRIUMPH 2011 INSPIRED CHOUDHARY
Choudhary was 15 when India lifted the coveted 2011 ICC ODI World Cup trophy. He was sitting with his father and glued to the TV screen. Choudhary used to play cricket with his friends, but that historic night forever changed the young man’s approach to gentleman’s play.

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“Every time I see that six win I get goosebumps. The moment Dhoni sir hit that six win and hugged Yuvraj Singh, I decided that I would also aim to play for India one day. I used to play cricket, but I started taking the game more seriously after that historic moment. The 2011 World Cup squad inspired me a lot.” he shared with TimesofIndia.com.
“I spoke about this triumph with Dhoni sir. He has an abundance of knowledge,”
DISCOVERING THE CRITICAL SHADES OF GLENN MCGRATH’S PACE BOWLING
Choudhary picked up some fast bowling tips from Australian legend Glenn McGrath, at the MRF Pace Academy.
“I spent a lot of time at the MRF rhythm academy. McGrath taught me how to control line and length. He says – ‘you always have to dominate a drummer’. I learned a lot from him. He guided me and taught me how to increase speed, shoulder placement and finger position,” Choudhary signed.



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