Learn Dhoni’s Chasing Mantra: Pietersen Urges Batters to Take Game Deep

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Kevin Pietersen advises young batters to learn from MS Dhoni on finishing matches in IPL 2023.

Kevin Pietersen and MS Dhoni (P.C – The Quint)

On Wednesday, RCB lost a home game to KKR by 21 runs in a 201-run chase. Former England batter Kevin Pietersen advised young batters to learn from MS Dhoni’s chasing mantra on how to finish matches. He emphasized the need to take the game deep, especially when chasing a total of 200.

Pietersen’s advice came after RCB’s batters failed to chase down the target, with Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell falling cheaply. Virat Kohli top-scored with 54, but his dismissal at the deep midwicket boundary after taking a stunning catch by Venkatesh Iyer derailed RCB’s chase. In the end, RCB managed 179/8, falling short of the target.

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MS Dhoni’s chasing mantra is highly regarded in the cricketing world. The CSK captain advises the finisher to take the game deep, target weak bowlers, not panic, punish poor deliveries, and respect the opponent. Kevin Pietersen praised Dhoni’s mantra and advised young batters to learn from it.

Pietersen emphasized the need to take the game deep, especially while chasing a target of 200 or more. He cited Dhoni’s approach and how he always used to say to take the game deep and get to the 18th, 19th, or 20th over. Pietersen made these remarks while speaking on Star Sports after the RCB vs KKR match.

Kevin Pietersen also noted that young batters are not following Dhoni’s chasing mantra and are trying to chase a target of 200 in the 12th or 13th over. He explained that this puts tremendous pressure on the bowlers, which is not sustainable.

Pietersen cited Virat Kohli’s example, who was trying to follow Dhoni’s mantra but unfortunately got out due to a spectacular catch by Venkatesh Iyer. Pietersen added that this is the nature of the game, and such incidents can happen, but young batters need to learn from these experiences and improve their approach.

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