Pretorius Wants To Combine Calm And Confidence In His Game

Pretorius Wants To Combine Calm And Confidence In His Game

Dwaine Pretorius, the South African All-rounder, was a key part of CSK’s camp in this edition of IPL. Pretorious bowled economically, and also gave the finishing touch in a lot of games. The 33-year-old said that he took a lot of positives from this camp, the partnerships with Dhoni teaching him the most on how to combine calm and confidence. Their most memorable partnership came in most of the highly-viewed matches of IPL 2022. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings clashed in their first encounter at DY Patil Stadium. Pretorius was greeted with a deadly yorker when he came onto the crease. He managed to hit the next two deliveries for boundaries against Bumrah. 

When he lost his wicket, the equation was down to 17 runs in 5 balls. MS Dhoni took the Men in Yellow over the line with a four on the last delivery. This particular inning inspired and taught Pretorius how to take matches deep and win it for your team. While Pretorius is not the first-choice finisher for his national side, he sees himself growing into that role. 

It was a disappointing campaign for the defending champions, as they finished second-last on the points table. But that did not dampen the mood and spirit of this highly followed franchise. Pretorius has put forward the case to bring strategic timeouts into international games, saying they are usually the turning point in big games.

Important To Take The Positives Out Of A Bad Season – Pretorius

“The biggest thing I learnt from him is how calm he is at the crease and how much he tries to take pressure off himself and put it onto the bowler,” Pretorius said, from India, where South Africa will play India in five T20Is starting on Thursday. “He made me realise that at the death, the batter isn’t under more pressure, it’s actually the bowler that is under more pressure.

As a bowler, you can still lose the match if you have to defend 18 off the last three balls and as a batter you can win it. It was a fresh mindset. He doesn’t get too excited. He doesn’t get too down on himself. Anything is always possible and I love that about him. He is very optimistic. He believes he can do anything.

What was nice about the CSK franchise is that it is very experienced. We all understand that cricket doesn’t always go your way,” Pretorius said. “It’s very important to just take the positives out of a bad season and try and build for a stronger future. It’s all about building for the next year or three years and trying to make sure a bad season is not a complete loss.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.