MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings skipper, boldly decided to stay in the hotel to give comfort to all his teammates after the IPL 2021 was postponed.
After the covid cases in 4 franchises, including CSK, there was panic and anxieties amongst players, especially the overseas ones. MS Dhoni, as was revealed later, had decided to delay his departure to his hometown, Ranchi, and oversee that his teammates are safely transported from Delhi, where CSK was at that time, to their hometowns.
“Mahibhai said that he will be the last person to leave the hotel. He wanted foreigners to leave first, then the Indian players. He will be taking the last flight tomorrow when everyone reaches their home safe and secure,” a member of CSK had told The Indian Express.
A leader on the field, a leader off it as well, MS Dhoni received a lot of admiration and applauds for this. Wasim Jaffer, former India opener, also took to Twitter to shower his praises for the CSK skipper, in his typical social-media trend manner.
While taking an image of the news, Wasim Jaffer, the Punjab Kings’ batting coach, wrote, “Staying there till the end and getting the job done, just @msdhoni things #ipl2021”.
The franchise had organized a charter flight for its players from Delhi. A ten-seater flight carrying CSK players went to Rajkot, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni flew to Ranchi after everyone had departed.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 6, 2021
CSK’s resurgence has a lot to do with the way MS Dhoni has managed to read the conditions: Aakash Chopra
Another former India opener Aakash Chopra has lauded MS Dhoni for his on-field smarts which have turned around CSK’s season; from finishing second to last in IPL 2020 – the first time CSK failed to qualify for the playoffs – to currently second to top in IPL 2021 before the season was suspended.
Chopra opined that the 39-year-old CSK skipper has read the conditions very well from behind the stumps while not playing at their home ground, and used the right combination of players according to the conditions on offer in Mumbai and Delhi.
“This season, while the ball has swung a little when new and spun a little when dry, it is Dhoni’s smarts with the captaincy that have come to the fore. Captaincy is like wicketkeeping – grossly underrated when things are going smoothly and in focus only when things are going very wrong or superbly well.
“CSK’s resurgence has a lot to do with the way Dhoni has managed to read the conditions, played the right horses for the course on offer, and then made subtle changes in field placements and bowling choices to amplify the impact of those players,” Chopra wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.