It was Dwayne Smith’s blistering 79-run knock that enabled Chennai Super Kings to chase down a huge 179-run target against Delhi Daredevils, but the modest opening batsman credited Robin Singh for his success, saying that his old mate has helped him become the player he is.
“I did a lot of work with Robin Singh and I respect him a lot. Unfortunate he is not with us in Chennai but he has done a lot of work with me and I thank him a lot for what he has done, especially in the sub-continent,” said Smith in the post-match conference.
Former MI player Smith enjoys a good rapport with Trinidad and Tobago-born Robin, who was the fielding coach of Mumbai in the previous editions of the IPL and is still a part of the MI team management.
The two struck a bond when Robin was coaching Barbados in the Caribbean Premier League and Smith fondly remembered the times.
Vijay defends bowlers
Delhi Daredevils bowling unit came a cropper as they failed to defend a competitive total against Chennai Super Kings, but opener Murali Vijay said that the bowlers should be given credit for the way they fought back in the end.
“Look 178 is a very good score. There are always ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in a T20 game. But to be honest with you, we really fought back well in the end. They were cruising with Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith batting in the 10th over, so to fight back from there we got to give credit to the bowlers,” said Vijay in the post-match press conference.PTI