Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020
IPL 2020: Won’t be surprised if CSK continue with MS Dhoni as long as he wants to play, says Gautam Gambhir


Former India opener and Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Gautam Gambhir heaped wealthy praise on the equation involving Chennai Super Kings owners and MS Dhoni, calling it a ‘fabulous relationship’. Gambhir mentioned Dhoni is loyal to CSK due to the way the franchise treats him and it is a blueprint for other teams to deal with their productive captains.

Gautam Gambhir mentioned he expects Chennai Super Kings to retain MS Dhoni as captain as lengthy as the Globe Cup-winner would like to perform and that he would not be amazed if the skipper is at the helm with a fairly new squad at IPL 2021, which is scheduled to get underway in just five month’s time.

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MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings have struggled at IPL 2020, failing to attain the knockout phases of the tournament for the 1st time in its historical past. CSK have managed just four wins in twelve matches with their aging stars failing to fire. CSK have suffered from the word go as they misplaced Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh to pull-outs and other damage considerations all through the tournament.

MS Dhoni’s personalized type has been a bring about for concern as the former India captain returned to perform the IPL immediately after not acquiring played aggressive cricket for much more than a 12 months. Age is not on Dhoni’s side and CSK are in desperate require of a revamp but Gambhir believes Dhoni will be at the helm of the franchise as lengthy as he would like to.

“I hold saying that why CSK is CSK is mainly because of the romantic relationship involving the owners and the captain. They have provided all the freedom to MS, and MS has acquired all the mutual respect from the owners as properly,” Gambhir advised ESPNCricinfo.

“What he has accomplished for the franchise and how the franchise essentially discounts with MS and treats MS is a wonderful romantic relationship.

“So I would not be amazed if they proceed with MS and MS plays until the time he would like to perform. And then following 12 months he even now continues to be the captain and have a significantly various squad than what he has this time close to.”

CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, speaking to indiatoday.in, had mentioned even just before the season that MS Dhoni will might proceed even in IPL 2022 for the three-time champions. Viswanathan has reiterated that CSK will proceed with their significantly-loved captain in spite of a disappointing season in 2020.

Gambhir mentioned the mutual respect that Dhoni and CSK share displays with the way the former champions are backing their skipper, who is below strain immediately after the lows of the ongoing season.

“MS has won them 3 trophies, couple of Champions Leagues, he has manufactured them a single of the top rated productive sides in the IPL immediately after Mumbai Indians,” Gambhir mentioned.

“So CSK saying they are going to proceed with MS – it is just the romantic relationship, it is just the mutual respect. Which is why MS has been so loyal. Which is why MS has provided every little thing: heart and soul, his sweat, sleepless nights – I am confident he will have to have had sleepless nights although he has continued captaining CSK.”

CSK will have to perform for pride as they have two much more matches left in the ongoing campaign. Dhoni’s guys will consider on Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday and consider on Kings XI Punjab in their last match on Sunday.

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