Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been one of the most consistent teams in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and they have shown that they have a knack for getting the best out of cricketers no matter which stage of their career one might be. Ajinkya Rahane is a prime example who seems to be enjoying himself, scoring runs at a brisk pace after having been picked up at his base price last December.
Last season CSK finished in the bottom half of the points table. However, in IPL 2023, they qualified for the playoffs after finishing second at the top. CSK allrounder Moeen Ali reckons that the fact that their captain and coaches keep faith in a player for longer periods is one of the prime reasons why they are so successful.
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As per the quotes in News18, Moeen Ali explained, “What separates MS from everybody else as captain in many ways is that, say guys have a couple of bad games, especially in the first couple of games, and I think every other team would drop the player or say ‘look you are probably not good enough right now’. And that’s where MS sees things and coaches see things in players. They see the potential and give them chances. Most teams don’t stick with the players long.”
Moeen has now been part of CSK for three editions and understands how the team culture well.
Explaining CSK’s culture, Moeen Ali said, “I think the captain is very important and he obviously has been very important. At the end of the day, the youngsters have to bowl the ball. Those guys have probably played more than they expected to play. They start with injuries and they have taken their chances amazingly well.”
Moeen Ali explains that the competition for every spot in a good team is quite high and that’s why each time a player gets a chance, he has to capitalize. And since the chances are rare, it gets ingrained into the mindset of the players that they have to make the best of it.
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The CSK all-rounder explained, “There are people always fighting for places. So, what happens is you take that responsibility and you want to take your chance. And these chances don’t come very often. So that mindset changes from the player that right ‘I need to take my chance’. But saying that, you need the captain to really speak to the players and the bowling coaches. And that’s where CSK is very special, because that’s what they do and they give these guys confidence.”