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May 03, 2014 at 05:19pm IST

MS Dhoni helps me in planning slower balls: Mohit Sharma

The slower delivery is right now one of the biggest strengths of his bowling but Chennai Super Kings pacer Mohit Sharma says he uses it sparingly to retain the element of surprise and never forgets to consult skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni before unleashing it.

Mohit sparkled with a three-wicket haul against the Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match in Ranchi on Friday night.

"I use the slower one according to the batsman. There is also a knack of bowling that slower one and using it according to the situation. When the batsman is on a roll and trying to hit you outside the off-stump, you need to bowl the slower one at a proper line and length that could make it difficult for the batsman to connect," Mohit told IPL's official website.

MS Dhoni helps me in planning slower balls: Mohit Sharma

Mohit sparkled with a three-wicket haul against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Ranchi on Friday. (BCCI Images)

"Dhoni bhai makes me understand all these things, like which batsman is moving which way and how I have to bowl my deliveries, which is of great help," he said.

The IPL's first leg was held in the UAE and the tournament returned to India on May 1. Mohit said he is not feeling much of a difference between the wickets.

"I don't think there was much of a difference in the wickets between here and UAE. Wickets back in UAE and the pitch that we played tonight were on the slower side. We didn't want to experiment much. We just wanted to work on the slower side aspect of the wicket," he said.

Asked what was his bowling strategy against KKR, who played with eight pure batsmen in their side, Mohit said, "We did not look at their strengths. We only looked to bowl according to our strengths."

"The only thing that we had in mind was not to get causal till the last ball is bowled. And the good thing about tonight was that we never became casual throughout the game; be it the fielding or bowling or batting, we were right there."

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