MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings is the most consistent franchise in the history of the cash-rich league.
Besides winning the lucrative league on three occasions- 2010, 2011, and 2018- the Chennai Super Kings are the only franchise that has made it to the playoffs stage in every edition that they featured in.
One of the many reasons behind the success story of CSK is their instinctive and calm-and-collected captain in MS Dhoni and also the fact Dhoni, along with head coach Stephen Fleming has always believed in investing patiently in the players that they pick in auctions and persisting with them for a considerable period of time.
Rahul Dravid reveals the reason behind the success of MS Dhoni-led CSK
Former Indian skipper and someone who has played a lot with and under MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid has attributed the Chennai Super Kings success in the IPL to MS Dhoni’s instincts, game smarts and the incredible amount of work that goes behind the scenes.
“If you look at the success CSK has had, they’ve got really good access to data and they’ve got really good access to people behind the scenes and they’ve run cricket teams at the junior level,” Ravid Dravid said at the webinar as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“They understand talent and they’ve obviously got a good scouting process in place. But, what they also have is a captain who really understands instincts. So, I mean, look, I know Dhoni quite well and I hope he hasn’t changed, but I know Dhoni is probably not one to look at reams of data and statistics.” the former captain added.
Meanwhile, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to commence from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates and according to reports, the MS Dhoni-led CSK is planning to conduct a training camp from as early as August 10. The final decision will, however, rest on the IPL governing council, who will be meeting to finalise all the details of the tournament on August 02.
CSK were also the first team to start their pre-season camp back in March but it was eventually cancelled due to outbreak of Covid-19. The upcoming IPL will be the first time that MS Dhoni will play competitive cricket after a sabbatical of more than 12 months, and he would be hoping that the outing turns to be successful both as a batsman as well as a captain as the ‘Yellow Army’ chase their 4th title.