Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, defeated Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 of the ongoing IPL 2023 and will play again in the championship match on May 28. This is the tenth time CSK will play in the championship match of the cash-rich league, demonstrating the consistency the four-time champions have shown throughout their fourteen-year association with the preeminent Indian Twenty20 competition.
Dhoni, a shrewd tactician, frequently employs his soldiers in a manner that enables his team to maintain consistency throughout the season. While discussing Dhoni’s leadership, former South African international AB de Villiers stated that the CSK captain can also be intimidating. The former RCB star, analyzing Dhoni’s captaincy, noted that the Bihar native’s focus on minor details is what makes him so successful in the shortest format.
“I believe there is a factor of intimidation. Whether due to the ground or the MSD factor, opposing teams believe they must play exceptional cricket to defeat them. On the scoreboard, however, you tend to lose by minuscule margins. It’s 10 or 15 runs, no no-balls, and other minor factors that can flip a game on its head. “You’ll see what MSD and his squad come up with when they play at home or in major Finals,” de Villiers said to JioCinema.
Dhoni clarifies the rumor of his retirement.
Following the 15-run victory over Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1, the stumper-batsman clarified that he has eight to nine months to make a decision regarding his retirement. In the interim, he will evaluate his fitness and then reach a conclusion.
“I’m unsure, but I have 8 to 9 months to determine. The modest auction will occur around December, so why suffer now? I have ample time to determine. I’ll always be there for CSK, whether it’s in the guise of a player or a spectator; I’m not sure. Since I have been away from home since January and have been practicing since March, it takes a toll, so we shall see, I have ample time to decide,” Dhoni said in the post-match press conference.