There is a reason why Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is one of the most successful teams in IPL history. On Saturday, with an emphatic 77-run win at the Arun Jaitley Stadium against Delhi Capitals (CSK), CSK made the IPL playoffs for the 12th time in 14 appearances. Former members of the team have often stressed the culture within the team as one of the major factors behind CSK’s success but after the win against DC, skipper MS Dhoni revealed a ‘recipe for success’ revelation.
CSK was banned for a couple of years in 2016 and 2017 and before that, they reached the playoffs in each of the seasons where they won twice (2010 and 2011). After returning in 2018, they managed a title haul in 2018 and 2021 while finishing as runners-up in 2019.
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When asked by former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar in the post-match presentation on the secret behind CSK’s success, Dhoni made a behind-the-scene revelation.
As per the quotes in Hindustan Times, MS Dhoni said, “There is no recipe for success, you try and pick the best players and give them the best slot to perform. And groom them in the areas where they are not strong, somebody has to sacrifice their slot for the team. Credit to the management as well, they always back us. But, the players are most important, without the players we can’t do anything.”
MS Dhoni also stressed picking players who think about the team first and later about individual records.
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Elaborating the same, MS Dhoni, “I think we need to figure out and pick players who are team first – not bothered about individual performance and perform the best at knockout stages. It is difficult to judge from the outside, we try and adjust to the players and environment as well. Even if they come 10%, we can adjust 50% to fit them better into the team.”
Chennai now awaits the results of the LSG-KKR game which will decide their eventual place in the points table.