MS Dhoni will always be a captain, even if he hasn't got the captaincy badge on: Brett Lee

"Everyone loves him, the crowd loves him. He still controls the action. It feels like he's in the best spot," Lee said.

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) picked up their fifth win of the IPL 2024 by defeating the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 78 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Sunday, April 28. Batting first, the Super Kings scored 212 runs, before bowling out the Sunrisers for 134 runs to join a pack of five teams with five wins so far, this season. Shane Watson praised the performance of Ruturaj Gaikwad (98 runs) while Brett Lee discussed MS Dhoni's impact on the field and Pat Cummins' bowling order decisions, on Jio Cinema's Match Centre Live.  

Shane Watson on Ruturaj Gaikwad: "He was exceptional from ball one. Following on from his hundred the game before, he showed that once he finds form, he doesn't take his foot off the gas. Some players, sometimes when they score runs, occasionally they can take the foot off, but Ruturaj, he's not that type of person.”

Brett Lee on Pat Cummins bowling too late: "Pat Cummins brought himself on too late. He bowled, got four overs, and 49 runs, he was pretty expensive tonight. It is a new ball, and he's good enough to bowl the new ball. I just think he's put other people first. Sometimes, you're too nice as a captain. As a bowling captain, you try to look after your players, because he is the world's best bowler. I'm not saying be selfish, but mate, put your best foot forward because you're one of the strike bowlers of the team... Pat Cummins is Pat Cummins, he should have bowled at least the second over.”

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Lee on MS Dhoni’s impact: “He will always be a captain, no matter what, even if he hasn't got the captaincy badge on. He also plays, and I mean this with the highest respect, he's like a father figure to some of these kids. Everyone loves him, the crowd loves him. He still controls the action. It feels like he's in the best spot. He's behind the stumps, understands exactly where the ball goes, and knows the field. He's done it for so many years, of course, he's going to control the action.”

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