MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) could not make it to the playoffs for the first time in the history of IPL. The victory of Rajasthan Royals over Mumbai Indians on Sunday ended all their hopes despite the Super Kings beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore the same day. Amid all the criticisms of MS Dhoni’s captaincy, the CSK CEO remains hopeful of the keeper-batsman staying as their leader.
MS Dhoni copped plenty of criticism for his selections and decisions in the ongoing edition of IPL. The 39-year old not only carried out several changing and chopping but also his form with the bat has been questionable. With four victories from 12 games, CSK are all but eliminated from the tournament and the three-time champions became the first in IPL 2020 to suffer that fate.
CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan remains entirely confident that MS Dhoni will lead the franchise in 2021 too. Kasi Vishwanathan pointed out the former Indian captain has won the team three titles apart from qualifying for playoffs every year, which no team has not done it. He reminded the critics that one bad year does not signal the changing of entire things.
“Yes, definitely. I am very confident that Dhoni will lead CSK in 2021. He was won three titles for us in IPL. This is the first year we have not qualified for the playoffs. No other team has done that. One bad year does not mean we will have to change everything,” Viswanathan told Times of India.
“We did not play to our potential this season” : CSK CEO
Kasi Viswanathan added that the yellow army did not live up to their potential and should have won some games that they lost. The absence of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh from the camp combined with some COVID-19 cases erupting upset the balance of their side.
“We didn’t play to our potential this season. We lost games that we should have won. That pushed us back. The withdrawals of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh coupled with Covid cases in the camp meant that the balance of the side was upset,” he added.