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Imran Tahir: I followed Dhoni's plan and bowled according to his instructions

Imran Tahir celebrates fall of a wicket with MS Dhoni. Photograph:( IANS )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 15, 2019, 12.13 AM (IST)

Chennai's spinner Imran Tahir said that he took advice from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and followed his plan after he achieved career-best 4 for 27 against Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata team during an Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. 

The 40-year-old Tahir gave credit to Dhoni for his splendid bowling and also said that MSD is "helping him a lot".

During the post-match presentation, Tahir said, "I just bowled according to the captain's instructions. It's always beneficial taking advice from Dhoni. He's helping me a lot. It's an absolute pleasure and the credit goes to him."

He further added, "There are few things which he tells me like where I need to bowl, which area and where the guy is going to hit. It's working and I'm just loving it. We are playing good cricket. We respect each other and enjoy each other's success," 

"Those were small things. He tells me like this guy is trying to hit in this area so I bowl accordingly. I am an attacking spinner and want to take wickets and he allows me to bowl that way," Tahir said of Dhoni. 

Tahir's career-best spell restricted Kolkata to 161 for 8, Chennai coasted to the target in 19.4 overs as Raina anchored the chase with an unbeaten 58 off 42 balls with seven fours and a six. 

Currently, Tahir is the joint leading wicket-taker with Kagiso Rabada with 13 to his tally. 

For his brilliant effort, he was awarded Man of the Match award. 

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"Playing for CSK, one of the best franchises in the world, I've to show people how much I love and respect this team," Tahir concluded.