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Pretorius wants to instill Dhoni’s calmness and self-confidence


IND versus SA live: Preparing for the upcoming T20 series against India, South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius said on Monday he would like to instill the composure and self-confidence of legendary MS Dhoni. Follow IND vs SA Live updates on InsideSport.IN

The South African made his IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings this year after joining the franchise for a base price of Rs 50 lakh.

IND vs SA Live: Knocked down by MS Dhoni at CSK, South African pacemaker Dwaine Pretorius says: ‘Want to instill Dhoni’s calmness and self-confidence’

Pretorius only played six games, scoring 44 runs and claiming six wickets with bowling best figures of 2 for 30.

Despite the limited opportunities, Pretorius said playing alongside Dhoni was his biggest gain.

“Playing my first IPL was a great experience. It was one of my bucket list items and that too to have the opportunity to play for CSK, one of the most successful franchises. I enjoyed every moment. You have a lot of responsibilities as a player.

“I also really enjoyed playing under Dhoni and battling with him, seeing the brand value he has in India shows how great he is and what he has done for the sport in this country. was great to be a part of it,” said the 33-year-old.

“The most important thing I learned from him was how calm he is in the crease, the way he relieves pressure and tries to put it on the bowler.

IND vs SA Live: Knocked down by MS Dhoni at CSK, South African pacemaker Dwaine Pretorius says: ‘Want to instill Dhoni’s calmness and self-confidence’

“He made me realize that in the death it’s actually the bowlers who are under pressure. It was a new state of mind and he is not too excited and is still optimistic.

“He believes he can do anything and I will try to bring his composure and self-confidence into my game,” Pretorius added.

Asked about the series against India, Pretorius said it was a great opportunity for some South African players to cement their place in the national team ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia. It would also be great to know (strengths and weaknesses) of the Indian team preparing for the World Cup.

“A strong performance in this series is essential for players who keep the T20 World Cup in mind. India are a strong team in the T20 and if we do well in this series, we can consider ourselves serious contenders. », he said.

IND vs SA Live: Knocked down by MS Dhoni at CSK, South African pacemaker Dwaine Pretorius says: ‘Want to instill Dhoni’s calmness and self-confidence’

“Performances in this series will go a long way to securing a World Cup spot.

Pretorius is aiming for the series to establish himself as one of the best all-around players in world cricket.

“You test yourself as a player against some of the best T20 players in the world. Personally, I want to push myself and have a good impact for the team. From a personal point of view, I want to win the series before the World Cup.

“I want to establish myself as one of the best T20 all-rounders in this series ahead of the T20 World Cup,” he said.

The ICC T20 World Cup will be hosted by Australia from October 16 to November 13.
The five-game T20 series between India and South Africa begins in Delhi on Thursday, followed by matches in Cuttack (June 12), Visakhapatnam (June 14), Rajkot (June 17) and Bengaluru (June 19).

IND vs SA Live: Knocked down by MS Dhoni at CSK, South African pacemaker Dwaine Pretorius says: ‘Want to instill Dhoni’s calmness and self-confidence’

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