IPL 2019 | Experienced Chennai Super Kings Side is Still Young: Bravo

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 27, 2019, 1:18 PM IST

After completing a closely contested win against the Delhi Capitals alongside captain MS Dhoni, West Indian stalwart Dwayne Bravo has said that the franchise does not believe in the team meetings ahead of games.

Bravo, who understands that the CSK side have their limitations, said that they prefer to play it by the situation and play smart cricket.

"We don't plan. We don't have team meetings. We just turn up, go with the flow on any given day. So yeah we just watch the situation and adjust and adapt quickly. That's where the experience comes in.

"We proved that last season, you know, age is just a number. Whenever people talked about the CSK team, they brought in the age factor. We are not 60 years old, yeah. We are 35, 30, 32... We are still young; we look after ourselves, we look after our body, and we have a lot of experience, and don't matter what, you can't beat experience in any sport, in any tournament. In anything you just cannot beat experience.

"We know we are not the fastest team on the field. We play within our strengths, we know our weaknesses. We play smart. That is the most important thing. And we are well led by the best captain in the world, and he keeps reminding us that we're not the fastest team, but we can be the smartest team."

The defending champions ability to do what Bravo says they can do – comeback from situations based on their experience – was made clear by the man himself.

Bravo went for 17 runs in his first over, before finishing his spell with figures of 3/33.

"Seventeen runs in the first over. The first one was an edge. The second one was a low full toss. It was just a matter of poor execution on my part. I learnt from my previous over. The conditions were helping me in terms of not to use much variations but try to bowl a lot more seam-up. So, that was the game-plan and MS definitely wanted me to bowl a lot straighter with no slower balls. Just straight, on to the wicket, with good pace - and that's what I did in the second over.

"If you look at it today, I bowled a lot more effort balls than in other games. Normally I bowl slower balls, a lot of variations, yorkers. But today the wicket wasn't suitable for those type of deliveries. Again, MS knew exactly what is required, and he also knew he can count on me any time to deliver for him."

First Published: March 27, 2019, 12:31 PM IST

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