MS Dhoni Has Travelled The Length And Breadth Of Chennai, That Endeared Him To The City – N Srinivasan

MS Dhoni and N Srinivasan. Photo- CSK Twitter

India cements owner, N Srinivasan spoke about the love that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper, MS Dhoni, has had for the city ever since making his first appearance at the franchise back in 2008.

Dhoni was picked up by CSK in the auction and he has gone on to help them win the title four times. He has become synonymous with the city’s name and continues to be one of the most loved cricketers in Chennai.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image: BCCI/IPL

From the first day, we gave him a bike, and he just disappeared. He drove all around the city. Why he grew on Chennai and why Chennai grew on him was because on matchday you will turn around and suddenly see him on his bike. He has travelled the length and breadth of the city. That, in his own way, has endeared him to the city,” Srinivasan said on Sportstar Conclave.

N Srinivasan explains how he successfully bid for Dhoni in the auction

In the first-ever IPL auction, Dhoni was bought by CSK and Srinivasan said that he had perfectly planned out the bidding for one of the most sought-after players and captains in the league.

Mumbai was bidding up to 1.5 million for Dhoni. Then they realised that they have to give the icon player 10 percent [15 percent] more than what they give the most expensive player.

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. Photo-IPL
MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. Photo-IPL

They said 3.5 million, everything gone, and they collapsed. And that is how MS Dhoni came to Chennai. It was 100 percent arithmetic. No other reason why we got him [Dhoni]. The anxiety to get their [other franchises] favourite player was greater than their arithmetic,” he also added.

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‘I Wasn’t Able To Control My Emotions Because I Knew MS Dhoni Was Out’: PBKS Player On Using DRS To Dismiss MSD

Jitesh Sharma

Every bowler’s goal is to get MS Dhoni’s wicket at some point. Even though Dhoni is still playing in the IPL despite having retired from international cricket, every bowler aims for Dhoni’s wicket whenever a team faces the Chennai Super Kings.

While it was a great occasion for the South African bowler, 28-year-old Jitesh Sharma was equally pleased because it was him who grabbed the catch to remove Dhoni during the 11th encounter between Punjab Kings and CSK this year. 

Jitesh Sharma, MS Dhoni
Jitesh Sharma, MS Dhoni. (Photo: IPL)

Jitesh Sharma Recalls The DRS Appeal That Took The Wicket Of MS Dhoni

Sharma’s usage of the Decision Review System, which Dhoni is an expert in, to secure the wicket made the occasion even more enjoyable.

While the umpire first ruled that Dhoni was out caught down the leg side by Rahul Chahar, Sharma was confident that a bat was involved and persuaded his skipper Mayank Agarwal to go upstairs.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image: BCCI/IPL

After closer inspection, the ultra-edge discovered a spike as the ball passed the bat, and Dhoni was subsequently ruled out. 

“It was just an instinct. I give my 100 percent whenever I walk out into the field. One can even say I put out my 110 percent. That’s the kind of person I am. I love to win and I want to be on the ground be it fielding, batting, planning, strategizing, be it in any capacity – I want to be on the field.

It was an instinctive appeal. I just had a feeling that there was a wooden sound and I should go for an appeal. I know that I was not able to control my emotions because I knew that MS Dhoni sir was out,” Sharma told Dr. Yash Kashikar on his show ‘Say Yash to Sports’ 

Jitesh Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)
Jitesh Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

In the game, Dhoni’s departure was an important turning moment. CSK were in danger with 98/7 and PBKS defending 180, but there remained hope as long as Dhoni was batting. The CSK captain’s innings, however, was cut short at 23, and PBKS then shut down CSK to 126 to win the game by 54 runs. 

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3 Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) Players That Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Can Target In IPL 2023

MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings. Photo- BCCI

Lucknow Super Giants defeated Chennai Super Kings in the only match they played in IPL 2022. LSG finished third on the points table while CSK finished ninth with just four wins to their name. The side is looking to revamp ahead of the next IPL season in 2023.

MS Dhoni will continue playing for Chennai Super Kings for another year. He confirmed the same in his side’s last game in the IPL 2022 season. IPL 2023 will be played in April-May next year.

Ahead of the same, there will be a mini-auction around February allowing various franchises to release the unwanted players and add players who can best fit into their scheme of things. CSK can look to buy a few good players from LSG. In this article, we take a look at three players Chennai can look to buy from the Super Giants.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credits: Twitter)

3 Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) Players That Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Can Target In IPL 2023

Quinton de Kock

IPL 2022 top 5 highest scores
Photo Credit: (Twitter)

De Kock ended with 508 runs from 15 matches and was the third-highest run-getter in the season. He also scored the highest individual score of 140 against KKR. With CSK looking for a good keeper-batsman after MS Dhoni, the South African opener can just be the perfect man to take over. He is a regular in the IPL and retired from Test cricket and thus will have no availability concerns.

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