Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar has showered praises on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper, MS Dhoni, saying the wicket-keeper batter can get a team together despite a gap. CSK was suspended for a couple of IPL seasons in the aftermath of the 2013 betting scandal. After missing the 2016 and 2017 tournaments, CSK made a strong comeback and won the 2018 IPL under the leadership of Dhoni.
During a chat on Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar lauded Dhoni’s leadership, saying: “I think when CSK returned and won the IPL trophy, it was absolutely amazing because the team had not been together for two years and they had moved out with different franchises and suddenly they come back again.”
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He further added, “That tells you leadership. That tells you how the man could get a team together again after that gap. Sometimes you know, first year, second year there is a team spirit that happens but to get all of them together after the gap is remarkable.”
Sunil Gavaskar further said that Dhoni’s ability to do well in some high-pressure situations makes him stand out from the others.
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Explaining the same, Sunil Gavaskar said, “I think therefore that particular year and some of the shots that he played, I remember one game where the teams needed 20 odds runs in the final over and he just smashed it around from everywhere from outside the off stump, he was hitting it over long on for sixes! We were used to seeing that from Dhoni but even those little touches goings for sixes make him stand out from the other.”
Chennai Super Kings will begin their campaign against the defending champions Gujarat Titans on March 31.