Albie Morkel has said that former India captain, MS Dhoni is part of the factor that contributed to the success of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) thus far.
Morkel, who is a former South African all-rounder in an interview with a sports magazine, noted that stability is another factor that made CSK be one of the most successful teams in the IPL.
While noting that Dhoni played a big role in the domestic action and is one of the best T20 and white-ball players to ever play the game; he said having him in a team is a guarantee for success,
This he said is because of his leadership quality which he believes will bring success because he is capable of bringing the best out of his players.
Morkel had played for CSK before retiring from all forms of the game in January 2019. The South African is the third-highest wicket-taker for CSK with 91 to his credit.
Part of those that who also contributed to CSK’s success apart from Dhoni, include Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo, who had long stints with the club.
This shows that the club tends to buy experienced players who some considered to have passed their prime.
He said this worked well for the club because the management had succeeded in keeping its core group of players for a long time with the same captain. This he said happened with Dhoni being the captain for all seasons except for the two years when they didn’t participate in the competition.
While nothing that CSK’s secret was consistency, the South African added that they have been in the finals eight times out of 10.
With COVID-19 wreaking havoc, globally, it is yet to be known if CSK will still play the Mumbai Indians in the first match of the IPL 2020 which was scheduled for March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai before all games were postponed.
Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed