When asked if he had expected two promotions by Chennai, Hodge said, “The reality is that MS Dhoni and his side are in a position to be able to pull those moves and have the confidence of doing it. We know that MS would do that sort of creative stuff and that is why he is a champion and that is why he has a champion team.”
He said he would like to try things that Dhoni does, only when his side is confident enough of carrying out such task.
“We look to emulate such things and we know we are short in experience compared to Chennai. But hopefully over the coming years, whatever group comes together learns those traits and have courage as well, to be able to that with their group and have trust to get the job done.
About the match that his side needed to win with a margin of more than 53 runs, Hodge admitted it was always going to be a tough task.
“It was always going to be a tough ask. Our game plan was to get 200 on board and hopefully try and restrict CSK as best as possibly we could. But losing three wickets at 16, the target was probably unrealistic. I think we showed great fighting spirit out there, we did not get over the line but the score was below-par,” he said.