MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been the most consistent franchise in the history of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
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The Chennai-based franchise has won three IPL titles and have finished in the playoff stage in every single season. One of the major reasons behind CSK being such a successful and consistent outfit is the consistency in their team-selection.
But former South African captain, Faf du Plessis, who has been part of the franchise for almost a decade now, feels that the decision of MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming in including a lot of International captains has helped the Super Kings immensly.
“A great thing that CSK has done over the years, and that’s credit to MS and (Stephen) Fleming the coach, is they have targeted captains – (Brendon) McCullum, myself, (Dwayne) Bravo, obviously MS, (Suresh) Raina’s captained a bit – because they want thinking cricketers,” the 35-year-old Faf Du Plessis told CSK’s official website.
Du Plessis also heaped praise on MS Dhoni and reckoned that Dhoni’s absence from the cricket field leaves a massive hold, considering the fact that he is such a brilliant leader.
He added: “So, there’s a lot of leaders within group, that experience of thinking cricketers is what they want and obviously it has proven to be very successful. Chennai Super Kings is a great franchise to be a part of. MS has got such strong leadership. He leaves a massive hole when he’s not on the field,” the former South Africa skipper said.
MS Dhoni’s absence leaves a massive hole: Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis also opened up on his passion for fieding and also reckoned that CSK has a plethora of outstanding fielders like Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, who he thinks has the strongest arm in world cricket currently.
“I love going to positions on the field where the ball goes all the time. We are lucky at CSK that we got a few very good fielders. Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) is incredible, he has got the strongest arm in world cricket. Jaddu wants them to try and run. He jogs to the ball because he knows if you run, you are out,” he added.
Du Plessis added that the IPL has become an integral part for both fans and players around the world and he was really looking forward to the 13th edition.
“The IPL, both for players and fans around the world, has become an integral part of the season. I was really looking forward to it this year,” he added.
The 13th edition of the cash-rich league was supposed to start from March 29th but with the proliferation of COVID-19, the tournament has now been postponed for an indefinite period of time.