Former India cricketer, Gautam Gambhir has given his views on whether MS Dhoni might be seen leading Chennai Super Kings next season as well.
Chennai currently is languishing at the bottom of the points table, and for the first time in the history of the IPL, they will not be able to finish in the top four. While CEO of CSK, Kasi Viswanathan has recently said that he is confident about Dhoni leading CSK next year, however, Dhoni has not commented anything about his future. Hence, everyone can only speculate things at the moment.
I would not be surprised if they continue with MS: Gautam Gambhir
Talking to ESPNcricinfo, Gautam Gambhir has said that the reason CSK is such a successful franchise is because of the relationship the owners have with MS Dhoni. He says that the owners have given all the freedom to Dhoni and there is mutual respect between the two parties. Gambhir even goes on to say that it wouldn’t be a surprise if Dhoni continues with CSK next year as well as the captain of the team.
Gautam Gambhir told ESPNcrickinfo, “I keep saying that why CSK is CSK is because of the relationship between the owners and the captain. They have given all the freedom to MS, and MS has received all the mutual respect from the owners as well. So I would not be surprised if they continue with MS and MS plays till the time he wants to play. And then next year he still continues to be the captain and have a much different squad than what he has this time around.”
The former KKR captain continues to talk about the achievements Dhoni has brought for CSK- three IPL titles, two Champions League T20 titles. He says that CSK has cited an example for all franchisees on how to treat their captain. The two-time IPL winning skipper believes that Dhoni has given his soul, sweat, and has had sleepless nights for his team and it is because of this relationship between the CSK franchise and Dhoni.
“He deserves that much of appreciation from the owners. MS has won them three (IPL) trophies, couple of Champions Leagues, he has made them one of the top successful sides in the IPL after Mumbai Indians. What he has done for the franchise and how the franchise actually deals with MS and treats MS is a fabulous relationship. And that is how every franchise should deal with their captain, who has delivered for them.
“So CSK saying they are going to continue with MS – it is just the relationship, it is just the mutual respect. That’s why MS has been so loyal (to the Super Kings). That’s why MS has given everything: heart and soul, his sweat, sleepless nights – I’m sure he must have had sleepless nights while he has continued captaining CSK,” Gautam Gambhir added.
CSK will face KKR on Thursday, which is an important encounter for KKR. Though CSK is out of the tournament, they would want to treat their fans to some entertainment.