IPL 2022: I was extra focused on the MI game

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) left arm sailor Mukesh Choudhary has said he was “extra focused” to do well in the IPL 2022 game against the Mumbai Indians (MI) after a forgettable start to the season. The 25-year-old was named Player of the Match as he came back with three for 19 in CSK’s three-wicket victory. After that, he was a completely different bowler.

Choudhary was exceptionally expensive in the first IPL 2022 matches he played, nor did he get an excessive number of wickets. In a game against the Punjab Kings (PBKS), he allowed 52 runs in his four overs.

I realized I belong to CSK after MI Game: Mukesh Choudhary

Mukesh Choudhary CSK (Credits: BCCI)

The left-arm pacer nevertheless raised himself and made an astonishing bowling attempt in the match against MI. Reflecting on the memorable performance, Choudhary said in a video on CSK’s official YouTube channel:

“I was extra focused for the MI game because I wanted to give my best. I made my bowling plans and executed them well and then I realized that I really belong here.”

The young pacer sent Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan back in the first over of the match and also added Dewald Brevis’ scalp. Mumbai was limited to 155 for seven while hitting first. Chennai came home from the final ball, courtesy of a cameo from MS Dhoni.

Had a dent in confidence after the first few games: Mukesh Choudhary

Mukesh Choudhary and MS Dhoni., CSK.  Photo IPL
Mukesh Choudhary and MS Dhoni, CSK. Photo IPL

Despite an unimpressive start to IPL 2022, Choudhary claimed he always had the conviction to make an impact. He admitted he was afraid of his chances after his initial failures. He claimed:

“When I was selected, I thought there must be something about me, that’s why I was selected. But after the first two games I was confused about what I was doing wrong. After those matches I wasn’t sure if I would be selected for the upcoming matches. But the coaches and management supported me.”

The young pacemaker finished IPL 2022 with big numbers – 16 wickets in 13 matches with an average of 26.50 and a stroke rate of 17.06.

Aside from his bowling, Choudhary has also been in the spotlight for his fielding, but not for the right reasons. In one match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), he missed three chances.

I am a good outfield player, but I was under little pressure: Mukesh Choudhary

Mukesh Choudhary CSK
Mukesh Choudhary CSK Photo-IPL

Calling himself a decent fielder, the 25-year-old spoke of his unfortunate fielding efforts:

“After the first catch dropped, I was under tremendous pressure, which resulted in another drop. There was a lot of pressure because it was a close game, but the captain supported me and guided me through those difficult times. I think I’m a good outfield player, but under pressure we all make mistakes.”

Fortunately for CSK, the missed opportunities didn’t cost them anything as RCB was limited to 193 for nine as they pursued 217. Overall, however, Chennai had a poor IPL 2022 season. They won just four of their 14 games, finishing in 9th position, with just MI behind them.

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