GT vs CSK: Will MS Dhoni Return As A Player In IPL 2024? CSK Skipper Responds After Win In IPL 2023 Qualifier 1

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After the intense clash between the Gujarat Titans (GT) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the LPI 2023 Qualifier 1 MS Dhoni, the iconic former Indian cricketer and CSK captain, expressed his feelings on his future in the tournament.

Dhoni acknowledged that the IPL had grown significantly over the years, rising from the top 8 teams to the current top 10. He stressed that the final was not just another game, but the culmination of two months of hard work by all the teams involved.

Reflecting on CSK’s performance in the final, MS Dhoni acknowledged that his mid-tier batsmen did not get enough chances to shine. However, he praised the GT as a fantastic team and acknowledged its exceptional chasing abilities.

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MS Dhoni admitted that losing the toss worked in CSK’s favour, as it allowed their star all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, to take advantage of favorable bowling conditions. Jadeja’s bowling performance played a pivotal role in changing the game, and Dhoni highlighted the importance of his partnership with Moeen Ali.

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When it comes to nurturing the young fast bowlers in the team, Dhoni revealed the supportive environment created by CSK. Team management, including the likes of Dwayne Bravo and coach Eric Simons, encourages players to explore their strengths and builds their confidence.

MS Dhoni, known for his meticulous captaincy, admitted to being a bit of a perfectionist, often making pitch adjustments of a few feet to suit the match situation. He asked his fielders to watch him closely and assured them there would be no backlash if a catch was dropped.

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IPL is too big to say it’s just another final: MS Dhoni

Regarding his future involvement in the IPL, MS Dhoni mentioned that he had not made any decision yet and stated that he had around 8-9 months to contemplate his next move.

He expressed his unwavering support for CSK and stressed that he will always be there for the team, be it on the pitch or in other non-tournament roles.

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“IPL is too big to say it’s just another final. There used to be 8 main teams, now it’s 10. I won’t say it’s just another final. It is a hard work of 2 months. Everyone has contributed. Yes, the middle order doesn’t have much of a chance. The GTs are a fantastic team and they have chased very well, so the idea was to put them in. But it was good to lose.”

“If Jaddu gets conditions that help him. he is very hard to hit. His bowling changed the game. Not forgetting his association with Moeen. We tried to create an environment and figure out what the strength of a fast bowler is. We try to give them confidence and say ‘please try to explore your bowling’. We try to motivate them as much as possible. The support staff are there, Bravo and Eric are there.”

“You see the wicket and according to that you adjust the pitch. I can be a very annoying captain, I keep shifting fielders 2-3 feet. The only request I ask of the fielders is that they watch me. If a catch is dropped, there will be no reaction (from me), just keep an eye on me. I don’t know (will we be back next year?) – I have 8-9 months to decide. Why take that headache now? I will always be there for CSK, wherever I play or something outside”.

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As fans eagerly await MS Dhoni’s decision, his dedication and loyalty to CSK remain unquestioned. With his unrivaled leadership skills and his immense contribution to the team over the years, Dhoni’s presence has been instrumental to CSK’s success. As he ponders his future, cricket fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the legendary cricketer’s journey, both inside and outside the IPL.

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