New Delhi. Dad’s army, a team of old people, a team that lacks vision… After a poor performance in IPL-2020, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had heard some kind of taunts but within 10 months the team’s fortunes changed and the team His performance silenced all the critics and reached the IPL playoffs (CSK IPL 2021 Playoffs) for the record 11th time. The reason for this is a message from the most special player of the team. This one message gave life to the team and in the last IPL, the seventh-ranked team reached the playoffs first this time. This person was none other than the captain of the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dhoni had given a message to fellow players after the team’s poor performance in the last season. Which created confidence in the minds of the players and its results are in front of everyone today. CSK CEO Kashi Viswanathan told the story of this special message of Dhoni in a conversation with Inside Sport. He said that due to Dhoni’s special message and the support of the team owners, CSK made a great comeback this season.
Dhoni’s words boosted players’ confidence: CSK CEO
CSK CEO Viswanathan said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s message was clear that there is nothing to worry about. We’ve only had one bad season and that happens in sports. According to the CEO, these words of Dhoni had a magical effect on the players and their lost confidence returned and they felt that all is not lost yet and we can make a strong comeback in the next season. After this message from the captain, everyone’s worries went away. The players had faith in the captain that we would soon be back in the league as a team.
‘Trust in the captain worked for us’
He further said that last season we were not worrying too much. We had full faith in our captain and team that we would come back soon and now you can see that we have made a comeback.
Why did Dhoni’s team prove to be weak in IPL 2020?
After the defeat of IPL 2020, Dhoni’s CSK had to face many issues. The average age of the players playing in the playing-11 was above 33 years. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu were not in good form. The team’s middle order was completely weakened due to Suresh Raina’s sudden return to the country. At the same time, reliable all-rounders like Dwayne Bravo also did not play in most of the matches due to injury. Due to this, there was extra pressure on bowlers like Sam Karen and Lungi Ngidi.
Despite all this, CSK surprised everyone in the auction for IPL 2021. The team retained players like Bravo, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ambati Rayudu. All these players were over 35 years old. Most of the players lived up to the captain’s trust in this season. When the rest of the players did not work, Rituraj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar and Moeen Ali took the team to victory on their own.