Chetan Zakaria is among the many bowlers who have been given an opportunity to bowl behind the innings for the legendary Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni in the IPL 2023 season.
Wherever Dhoni has traveled this season, fans have thronged stadiums in yellow jerseys and never seemed to be playing a Super Kings away game. It was a similar atmosphere when Delhi Capitals (DC) hosted CSK at the Arun Jaitley Stadium for their final league match.
Speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda, Chetan Scaria revealed how the home crowd cheering for MS Dhoni motivated him to make sure he didn’t bowl loose deliveries at the death. He said:
“When Mahi bhai batted, the entire crowd turned yellow and that motivated me to do better. I was determined not to let him get a single boundary off my bowling. I tried all the variations I could and made sure I didn’t get hit. The kind of support Mahi bhai gets wherever he goes and his aura. It is also a testament to the achievement.”
I bowl on slow wickets: Chetan Zakaria
Chetan Scaria burst onto the domestic scene as an out-and-out swing bowler. However, his ability to learn quickly helped add some crucial variations to his game.
Zakaria also talked about how Mohit Sharma inspired him with his slower deliveries when he was a regular in the Indian set-up. In this regard, he stated:
“I think I will bowl on slow wickets. I had seven matches with slow pitches in Delhi, Chennai and Lucknow. When I was a freshman I only had swing. But I remember watching Mohit bhai and working on my variations. (Mohit Sharma) has done well for CSK. From Jaydev bhai I learned a lot about cutters.I learn fast and understand better from what senior players tell me.
Chetan Zakaria also sheds light on the importance of speeding up his stock delivery. He added:
“I want to add more skills to my bowling, I want to be at least 5 kmph faster. I want to make sure I don’t lose control while making these changes and I am motivated to make sure I achieve these goals soon.”
Zakaria is keen to return to domestic cricket and must again muster some good performances to return to the national reckoning.