Sunil Gavaskar, lauded MS Dhoni, highlighting his ability to rally a team even in the midst of adversity. Following the 2013 betting scandal, CSK were suspended from participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for two seasons. Despite being absent from the 2016 and 2017 seasons, CSK made a remarkable comeback under Dhoni ‘s captaincy. They emerged victorious in the 2018 IPL season.
Gavaskar lauded Dhoni ‘s leadership by saying:
“I think when CSK returned and won the IPL trophy. It was absolutely amazing because the team had not been together for two years and they had moved out with different franchises and suddenly they come back again.
“That tells you leadership. That tells you how the man( talking about Dhoni) could get a team together again after that gap. Sometimes you know, first year, second year there is a team spirit that happens but to get all of them together after the gap is remarkable,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports Network.
Dhoni ‘s ability to perform under pressure is tremenduous
Gavaskar added that Dhoni ‘s exceptional capability to perform under pressure distinguishes him from other players.
“I think therefore that particular year and some of the shots that he played, I remember one game where the teams needed 20 odds runs in the final over and he just smashed it around from everywhere from outside the off stump, he was hitting it over long on for sixes!
“We were used to seeing that from Dhoni but even those little touches of his where he makes a fielder a player feel 7 feet tall, are the touches that make him stand out from the other,” said Gavaskar.
Chennai Super Kings will begin their campaign against the defending champions Gujarat Titans on March 31.