Calcutta knight knight (KKR) wicketkeeper-batter Sheldon Jackson known as indian legend Ms Dorney as his inspiration. He revealed that he was so influenced by the former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain that he tried to emulate everything MSD did.
Jackson and Dhoni face off against each other on Day 1 of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mumbai on Saturday. Dhoni performed his usual duties behind CSK’s stump while the former kept the wicket for KKR.
After an impressive six-wicket win at the Wankhede Stadium in the IPL 2022 opener in Kolkata, Jackson spoke of Dhoni’s impact on his cricketing game:
“He’s always been an inspiration for me. I’ve always looked up to him, whatever he does, I just try to imitate it, I have a lot to see and a lot to learn from him.”
On whether he learned to play Dhoni’s legendary helicopter shot, the 35-year-old replied:
“Actually learned a lot from him (MSD).”
The goalkeeper, who represents Saurashtra in domestic cricket, admits he is nervous since he played in his first IPL match since 2017. However, he added:
“I was nervous at first, but the management and coaching staff were brilliant. They helped me calm down, they supported me and I am very grateful to them.”
Jackson is unbeaten in 3 matches as KKR comfortably win the first match of IPL 2022.
“This is where I like to play” – KKR Captain Shreyas Iyer
It was a fantastic debut for Shreyas Iyer as KKR captain as he did most of the things right in the team’s victory. He slotted in after winning the pitch and the Kolkata bowlers limited CSK to 5-for-131. Ayer himself contributed an unbeaten 20 points as Kolkata easily won the match.
In his post-match speech, he said:
“Enjoy the new franchise. The CEO, management, support staff are all excellent. Just need to keep the momentum going.”
Regarding Wankhede’s conditions, he added:
“It’s more spongy than we thought. It’s where I like to play. I grew up here. I think it’s going to be flat. The bowling lineup I have is easy for me.”
Kolkata pacer Umesh Yadav was named player of the game with a 2-20 record.