CSK got me back: Tushar Deshpande | Cricket

While Tushar Deshpande was the Chennai Super Kings’ highest wicket-taker (21 wickets) in their title-winning IPL season, he made plenty of runs in the slog overs of the final against Gujarat Titans. The Gujarat bombing meant that their figures fell from 2-0-18-0 to 4-0-56-0.


Tushar Deshpande plays bowls during the 2023 IPL cricket match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings (PTI)

But the Mumbai pacemaker prefers to look back on his two good balls on 19 to Hardik Pandya after conceding a six on the first ball. He stuck to his long balls and managed to save a few runs. Matheesha Pathirana kept coming back well in her ending as well.

“It could have been worse. They could have gone up to 225 instead of 214. That’s what this format is about,” Deshpande says in an interview. “This format is simply not for personal agendas. You don’t want to get away with 1/20 on four overs, but not to make any difference in the match. You’re looking to make a difference in a critical situation.”

With so many totals over 200 scored this season, one of CSK’s goals was “to be the best bowling unit in the competition.” They set out to achieve it under the guidance of Dwayne Bravo, a death ace in his day. Deshpande is still in progress, but the learnings are priceless.

“It was an amazing experience working with Bravo. He worked on how to keep hitters guessing and how to use angles,” he said. That was how Deshpande came up with the idea of ​​turning the tables on Pandya in the final. For Deshpande, wide yorkers and odd swings take precedence over slower balls.

“The evolution is constant in T20. There are many options…the knuckle ball, the severed leg, the severed, the split ball on the fingers. But you have to choose the ball that you can integrate with your action and execute it confidently under pressure at the IPL level. You will see something new soon,” Deshpande said.

At the beginning of the season, the CSK bowlers had problems with no-balls. Deshpande was also guilty. “I think I got a little nervous playing in front of such a big home crowd in Chepauk. No one came and told me anything. As soon as I started to adjust to the tournament, I was able to overcome the problem, ”he said.

Working under Dhoni

“The best thing about MS Dhoni, the captain, is that he gives you complete freedom and security to run. Your belief goes up immediately,” he said. And he wants you to learn on the job. He helps you as a bowler to keep calm, if someone doesn’t come to you again and again when you go for a run. All discussions about bowling plans happen before or after the match.”

Deshpande calls himself a natural attack shooter looking to hit the top of the stump on the power play. That’s what Rohit Sharma’s hair earned him at Wankhede Stadium after conceding a six off the ball earlier. He counts that wicket as the best in the IPL.

Like all other CSK players, Deshpande took advantage of the wave of support he enjoyed across the country. “Such is the aura of Mahi bhai, every game felt like a home game.

“I got my father (a cricketer of his day) to take a photo with him. They are the two most important people in my life,” he said. “CSK ne mujhe doobara khada kiya (CSK has put me back on my feet). I went unsold in the 2021 auction. They called me up as a net bowler, they picked me in 2022 and this year I am their biggest wicket taker. This version of me that you see is thanks to CSK and Dhoni.”