Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Varun Chakravarthy has said in an interview after he castled Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni that he used to come to Chepauk just to see MS Dhoni. KKR faced CSK yesterday at Abu Dhabi. Electing to bat first, KKR scored 167 riding on Rahul Tripathi’s assured knock of 81.
While chasing, CSK looked comfortable after Shane Watson’s half-century. However, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik held his spinners back for the death overs as a ploy to counter CSK’s liking of pace at the death. The move worked wonders as Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine bowled excellently to choke the CSK batsman and lead KKR to victory by 10 runs.
‘Surreal moment’ – Varun Chakravarthy
Chakravarthy picked the wicket in the 17th over when Dhoni had just hit him for a four. However, the spinner bowled an excellent googly next up to dismantle MS Dhoni’s stumps. In a video uploaded by the Indian Premier League on social media, the Man of the Match, Rahul Tripathi, asked Chakravarthy about how he felt on taking MS Dhoni’s wicket.
Rahul Tripathi asked if he felt pressure while bowling to Dhoni. Chakravarthy replied saying, “Yeah, yeah, because three years back, I used to come to Chepauk and sit with the crowd and I used to just come to see MS Dhoni batting. Now I bowled against him; it was a surreal moment for me. After the match, I took a picture with Dhoni sir” in a video posted by IPL.
Chakravarthy is having an excellent IPL since being selected in the starting XI. He has picked up four wickets so far and has a good economy of just under 8. KKR and Chakravarthy will be in action next on Saturday at Abu Dhabi against Kings XI Punjab.