Dwaine Pretorius, a South African all-rounder, stated on Monday that he wants to emulate MS Dhoni’s composure and self-belief as he prepares for the forthcoming T20I series against India. After joining Chennai Super Kings for a base price of Rs 50 lakh, the South African made his IPL debut this year. Pretorius has only played six games so far, scoring 44 runs and collecting six wickets, with the best bowling statistics of 2 for 30.
Despite the limited opportunities, Pretorius believes that playing with Dhoni has been his greatest benefit. “It was a fantastic experience to play in my maiden IPL match. It was one of my life’s ambitions to play for CSK, one of the most successful cricket franchises in the world. I loved every second of it. As a player, you are given a great deal of responsibility “explained the 33-year-old.
“I had a great time playing and batting alongside Dhoni, and seeing his brand value in India just goes to show how huge he is and what he has done for the sport in this nation. Being a part of that was incredible.
“The most important thing I’ve learned from him is how calm he is at the crease, and how he attempts to shift the strain away from himself and onto the bowler. He taught me that the bowlers are the ones who are under pressure at the end. It was a new perspective, and he doesn’t get overly excited and is constantly upbeat.
Pretorius continued, “He believes he can accomplish anything, and I’m going to attempt to channel that tranquilly and self-belief into my game.”
When asked about the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, Pretorius said the series against India is a fantastic opportunity for several South African players to solidify their spots in the national side. It would also be useful to know (the Indian team’s strengths and weaknesses) heading into the World Cup.
“Players must perform well in this series if they want to qualify for the T20 World Cup. India is a formidable T20 team, and if we do well in this series, we can be considered a serious contender “he stated
“Performances in this series will go a long way toward securing a World Cup berth.
Pretorius wants to use the series to cement his reputation as one of the top all-rounders in the world. “You put your skills to the test against some of the top T20 players on the planet. Personally, I want to challenge myself and make a positive contribution to the squad. On a personal level, I’d like to win the series before the World Cup.
“Going into the T20 World Cup, I want to establish myself as a leading T20 all-rounder in this series,” he stated.
Australia will host the ICC T20 World Cup from October 16 to November 13.
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The five-match T20 series between India and South Africa kicks off here on Thursday, with games at Cuttack (June 12), Visakhapatnam (June 14), Rajkot (June 17), and Bengaluru (June 18). (June 19).