Chennai Super Kings is one of the most successful franchises in the Indian Premier League history. CSK have won three IPL titles and they have made it to the playoff stages on all the 10 occasions they have been part of the tournament. Furthermore, they have made it to the final of the tournament on eight occasions.
A lot of credit for the success of the Chennai Super Kings goes to their captain, MS Dhoni, who has always led from the front. Dhoni has always led with aplomb and he has got the best out of the players.
Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, who has seen Dhoni from close corners, stated that Dhoni doesn’t look at reams of data and statistics before taking his call. Dravid, who was also known for his tactical captaincy, believes Dhoni takes a lot of his decisions based on the instincts
Dhoni has always been known to lead with a calm mind on his shoulders and he is known to take the right decisions.
MS Dhoni has led in 174 IPL matches (while leading CSK and Rising Pune Supergiant) in which his team have won on 104 occasions and they have suffered losses on 69 occasions whereas one match has ended in no result. Thus, Dhoni has an impressive win percentage of 60.11 in the IPL.
“I know Dhoni quite well and I hope he hasn’t changed, but I know Dhoni is probably not one to look at reams of data and statistics,” said Dravid while speaking at a webinar organised by the Great Lakes Institute of Management according to ESPNcricinfo.
“If you look at the success CSK has had, they’ve got really good access to data and they’ve got really good access to people behind the scenes and they’ve run cricket teams at the junior level,” Dravid said.
“They understand talent and they’ve obviously got a good scouting process in place. But, what they also have is a captain who really understands instincts”.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni has not only done a fine job as a captain of the side but he has also done a fine job as the batsman for CSK. The right-hander has amassed 4422 runs in 190 IPL matches at an impressive average of 42.21 and a strike rate of 137.85. He has single handedly won some nail-biter for the franchise.
The IPL will begin from September 19 in the UAE and the CSK is expected to reach the venue in the second week of August. All the eyes will be on MS Dhoni as he would be returning to action after a long time.