IPL 2023: "Albie Morkel's Father Had Never Been To India, So CSK Flew Him Business"- Scott Styris Reveals Memorable Moment With Chennai Super Kings

Updated - 28 Jan 2023, 04:50 PM

Albie Morkel
Albie Morkel (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings is one of the most successful franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The MS Dhoni-led team has won the IPL trophy four times, behind the most successful franchise, the Mumbai Indians (MI), who have won it a record five times. The Yellow Army is known for showing the utmost respect to their players, and the atmosphere in the dressing room is almost like a family.

Over the years, the Chennai-based team has had many talented players, including MS Dhoni, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, and DJ Bravo. The management of the CSK team is known for sticking with their core group even when they are in poor form. This culture has helped the team become one of the most successful teams since the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008.

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They Didn’t Have To Do It – Scott Styris

Speaking at Jiocinema’s “Legends Lounge”, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris claimed that CSK looked after their players as well as the players’ families. Styris noted that CSK flew Albie Morkel’s father in business class since he had never been to India before.

Scott Styris
Scott Styris (Image Credit: Twitter)

“His father had never been to India, so CSK flew him business, not in the contract; they didn’t have to do it,” Styris said.

You Felt Like A Pampered Kid – Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina, famously known as Chinna Thala, revealed how the franchise rewarded bonuses to their players. The CSK legend said the cricketers received a lot of bonuses for their performances and felt special while playing for the franchise.

“They (CSK) give a lot of bonuses, too. You always feel like doing something special for them; you felt like a pampered kid,” Suresh Raina said.

MS Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in IPL history, leading his franchise to titles in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021. Despite a bad season in 2020, MS Dhoni’s CSK proved to everyone that they are the champion team by winning the IPL 2021 title. Dhoni is expected to captain CSK in the next season of the IPL, and most likely it will be his last season.

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