Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan revealed that Moeen Ali was happy to be asked to stay at the franchise and didn’t have any issue with the amount he had been retained at.
CSK on Tuesday announced their retentions ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction: Ravindra Jadeja (16 cr), MS Dhoni (12 cr), Ruturaj Gaikwad (8 cr), Moeen Ali (6 cr).
CSK had bought Moeen Ali for Rs 7 crore at the auction ahead of IPL 2021. The England all-rounder played an instrumental role in CSK’s 4th IPL title – he smashed 357 runs and picked 6 wickets at an economy of 6.36.
Moeen Ali wasn’t thinking of his price or joining any other franchise, according to Viswanathan.
“When we spoke to Moeen first, he said he has been overwhelmed with the offer which was made and he said he has not thought of any other franchise at all.
“That was his reaction immediately and he said ‘whether I am one, two, three or four (retention number), I don’t mind, I will be there’. So was the case with Rutu (Ruturaj),” Kasi Viswanathan told CSK’s official website.
“We always had a feeling that he will be a very useful all-rounder for us especially when we play in India. We were able to get him only last year. So it is good that he came in and was able to perform under the captaincy of MS (Dhoni),” he added.
Dhoni got the best out of the team any time he has played: CSK CEO
Viswanathan was effusive in praise for captain MS Dhoni, who led CSK to their fourth title.
Dhoni has been retained at the second position after he had confirmed that he will not retire without playing another game back in Chennai. However, Viswanathan stressed the significance of Dhoni as the leader.
“As all of you know, Thala has been the mainstay of CSK. He has been a captain who has delivered for the franchise and he has got the best out of the team any time he has played.
“As far as we are concerned, Thala plays a major role because he controls the team and the team has benefited by his experience, and nobody can doubt his skill as a captain,” the CSK CEO added.
Viswanathan also is hoping to have a full-capacity crowd at the MA Chidambaram Stadium next season. The 2022 edition is reported to start on April 2.