Moeen Ali claims he learned a lot from MS Dhoni in the IPL.
In the IPL, Moeen Ali claims he observed and picked up tips on how to perform in crucial contests like the knockout rounds from Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo.
Moeen Ali on MS Dhoni
“At CSK I learnt a lot from guys like MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo. I learnt how senior players can rub off on the younger players. It’s amazing in big games, the older players in this team just need to stay calm and get the youngsters really fired up without getting too emotionally fired up,” Moeen Ali said.
The preparations England has to thwart Virat Kohli in the semifinal were also discussed by Moeen. Moeen, who has played three seasons with Kohli for RCB and has taken Kohli’s wicket in both Tests and the IPL, believes in stifling the runs while letting the pressure get a wicket.
“Top players, when they’re in, they’re hard to stop in T20 cricket. You have to have a plan to slow them down and then maybe get a wicket,” Moeen said.
“He’s playing well, so we’ll have to stick to our plans whatever they are. To have played with and against these guys quite a lot now and so you know a lot. I think as a team we prepare for everything the day will bring, we’ll know how we’re going to bowl at him and stick to those plans,” he added.
“It also depends on how he’s batting at the time, his own confidence. Batting-wise he’s batting really well. I think since the Asia Cup I feel like he’s back to his best. He looks like he’s found his mojo again and that happens to every player over their career. He’s playing well, so we’ll have to stick to our plans whatever they are. Top players, when they’re in, they’re hard to stop in T20 cricket.India obviously used to playing under pressure in front of a lot of people,” he further added.