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“He is the Don of cricket” – Aakash Chopra on MS Dhoni
By SMCS - Mar 12, 2024 12:30 pm
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Former India player Aakash Chopra has picked MS Dhoni as the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) biggest strength heading into IPL 2024. Dhoni, who has led the CSK to five IPL titles, is the joint-most successful captain in the prestigious league’s history, along with Rohit Sharma. He will also want to add a record sixth title under his name as well.

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MS Dhoni

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “The name of their biggest strength is MS Dhoni because this captain knows how to manage the team. He is the Don of cricket and his name is MS Dhoni. He has the Midas touch. Whatever he touches, turns into gold. He provides freedom to people.”

“You suddenly saw the best of Dube, the best of Rahane – there are plenty of examples of players who have flourished under him. MS Dhoni is a very strong factor for me because a captain has a huge role in T20 cricket and you won’t get a bigger captain than him easily,” Chopra again stated.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube took a fiery knock

However, both Shivam Dube and Ajinkya Rahane did well for CSK in IPL 2023. While the left-handed batter hit 418 runs in 14 innings at an
excellent strike rate of 158.33, the right-hander scored 326 runs in 11 innings at an even better strike rate of 172.48 as well.

“The second strength I see in this team is that the batting order is solid. Ruturaj Gaikwad consistently scores runs at the top. If Devon Conway is not there, it could be Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra or Ajinkya Rahane. You will see two of these three players playing, among whom Rahane will be confirmed and the other could be either Rachin or Daryl Mitchell. If they don’t wish to play Moeen Ali, both can also play. Then you will see Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni. The team has batting depth and MS Dhoni showed last year that he is contributing as a batter. It’s a team filled with all-rounders,” Aakash Chopra concluded.