Australians look to curb Dhoni

Australians look to curb Dhoni

Glenn Maxwell has had a reasonably good series so far and the Aussie all-rounder attributed part of his success to his stint with the Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League. The million dollar man of IPL spoke on a range of other topics on Monday.

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On IPL helping deal with crowd pressure: We're very lucky that we've got the opportunity to play in the IPL and the Champions League where you get used to these crowds. When you come over here (after IPL) you're not overawed. It's just another day at the office.
It's very enjoyable playing in front of the big crowds in India. They love their cricket and they're very supportive of all the players.

On atmosphere in Ranchi, MS Dhoni’s home: It's going to be very loud. They're going to love it when MS comes out and tries to do his thing again. Hopefully, we can shut that down and keep the crowd as quiet as possible.

On plans against Dhoni: I think we had pretty good plans for him in the last game. A couple of things didn't quite go according to plan -- I think we dropped a catch, one ball that just cleared mid-off. I felt like our plans were very good. We shut him down early.

We made him face a lot of dot balls at the start of the innings. Hopefully, here we get a little bit more assistance with the ball. Hopefully, a bit of spin as well, and we can really put a lot of pressure on him. I think the first game (in Pune) when he had to do the same role, he didn't quite do it in that game. I think we need to put that dot-ball pressure on him.


On bowling short balls: I think bowling short has probably been our best strategy so far. I don't think we're going to change our strategy too much. We thought we bowled pretty well.

Unfortunately, Dhoni went off at the end (in Mohali). He played brilliantly. I thought we bowled really well in the last game. It felt like we sorted out a few of their batsmen. Hopefully, they've got a few worries in their camp. We're feeling pretty good at the moment.


On his frequent run-outs: I think I need to work on that. It's something that's happened to me a few times in the past. Hopefully, it stops very soon.

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