Former India coach Ravi Shastri lavished huge praise on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni, calling him a master at creating combinations, whose intuitive nature almost compels him to persist with the players, who are going through a tough phase by giving them the confidence – a rare quality that has paid dividends for the franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years.
“He’s (Dhoni) a master at creating combination. It’s intuitive. it’s understanding. Probably persisting with a guy who might not be good in 2022, but having the foresight to believe that he’ll be very good in 2023, giving him the confidence in 2022 to go through the grind. Thinking ahead. He would have done that with few players. I won’t be surprised. I am not in the mix there. I won’t know,” Ravi Shastri told ESPNCricinfo.
While talking about this season, Shastri identified the ‘Dhoni factor’ to be the single-most reason that makes CSK one of the title contenders, adding that the Yellow Brigade certainly looks like the team that can go the distance.
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“But definitely he thinks in that fashion. When you look at this side now, who looks almost certain to make it to the playoffs and looks extremely dangerous when it comes to the playoffs, two games in Chennai, it’s a team that can go the distance. Because it’s already settled. If there is any tinkering, it will be because of injury. Otherwise, they’ve got it right.”
Having won six out of their 11 matches in this year’s IPL, Dhoni’s CSK find themselves second in the IPL points table, right behind defending champions Gujarat Titans, who have almost sealed their playoff spot this season. CSK will be up against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, scheduled to be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
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