MS Dhoni is like a big brother to all the players within the Chennai super kings Dressing room. We have heard countless stories of young people approaching you for advice. Ambati Rayudu, who was a part of CSK between 2018 and 2023, spoke about his influence recently and his impact on the younger players.
Rayudu announced his retirement from the IPL after helping CSK win their fifth IPL title in 2023. It was his third with the franchise and he played a major role in the victory. The right-hander scored a quick 19-run 8-ball cameo in his team’s victory.
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Recently, in an interview on Behindwoods TV, Rayudu spoke about MS Dhoni’s relationship with Deepak Chahar, whom he treats like his younger brother.
Whenever Dhoni Bhai comes up with any advice, he has some excuse – Ambati Rayudu on MS Dhoni’s link with Deepak Chahar
“The thing about Deepak is that he thinks he knows everything (laughs). So whenever Dhoni bhai gives any advice, he has some excuse or some different theory. But at the end of the day he is a brilliant cricketer and a good person at heart and they (Deepak and Dhoni) have that camaraderie which is nice like a big brother and a little brother”. Rayudu said.
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In addition, he talked about his temper and said how his anger led his team to lose a few points on the Fairplay prize point table.
“Watson and I were in the habit of reacting whenever the umpire didn’t give a wide or when there were too many bouncers thrown. So that moment in the heat of the moment it’s hard to control your emotions and so some points are deducted. Dhoni bhai realized that until we are in the team, he will not get the Fair Play award (laughs)”, said an elated Rayudu.
He concluded by saying a few words about his relationship with former CSK all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. She said that he is a great friend of Bravo and that he is an IPL legend.
“He (Bravo) irritates me a lot. He thinks that if he talks something negative he will get the better of me. But sometimes I just tell him to shut up (laughs). We are good friends” concluded Rayudu.
The veteran CSK cricketer retired from the IPL after IPL 2023. He has won six IPL titles, three with MI and CSK.
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