New Delhi :
Tamil Nadu and Chennai Super Kings wicketkeeper-batsman N Jagadeesan is in awe of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's fitness and said the legendary stumper was supremely fit and so calm. "He is supremely fit. You really can't say he is 37 because of the way he moves, he is so swift around the field. And he is just so calm. He rarely speaks, but those few words lift the team," Jagadeesan was quoted as saying on the CSK website.
The flamboyant batsman, who is yet to make his IPL debut, said he got to watch Dhoni closely, adding that he got inputs from the talismanic captain. "You don't see Dhoni keep at the nets, he is someone who keeps directly in the games. But he is always there to guide you. I will be doing my drills and, at times when Mahibhai sees me, he takes the time out to come and give me inputs. If I have doubts in my wicketkeeping or batting I goto him," Jagadeesan said.
The 23-year old cricketer said he had learned by sharing the dressing room with some of the game's legends and added it was special to return to the same dressing room."
To be coming back to the same dressing room is something special. I'm seeking to further my experience and learn more. As a cricketer I really learned a lot, sharing the dressing room with some of the legends of the game was an experience in itself," he added."I not only got to learn technical stuff.
I also got to see how they prepare before a game mentally, how they carry themselves on and off the field. Jagadeesan is part of CSK's preparatory camp at the MA Chidambaram stadium here. Indian Test batsman Murali Vijay joined the camp on Sunday. Other CSK players, including Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma, Karn Sharma, and K M Asif, among others, have been training ahead of IPL-12.
Meanwhile, the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin on March 23 when MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings take on Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the former's den. Interestingly, the men-in-yellow will return to their home venue after a long time because if we keep aside CSK's first game against KKR, they haven't played at MA Chidambaram Stadium from last three years.