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IPL 2018: A sneak-peak in MS Dhoni’s mind ahead of the summit clash

The former Indian skipper will be playing his eighth IPL final on Sunday

MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni in action. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

It seems that MS Dhoni can achieve success with any team. Over the years, we have seen Dhoni lead different group of players at different levels. The challenges have been different on each occasion but Dhoni has come on top more often than not and delivered for his team. Mahi is one of the calmest players in the field and he does not let the pressure to get to him. His ability to read match situations and handle them effectively makes him one of the greatest captains in the history of cricket.

The Super Kings have made it to the playoffs in all seasons while they are playing the finals for the seventh time. The impressive thing is the fact that MS Dhoni has been the leader of the side on all occasions. On Sunday, CSK will be facing the Sunrisers Hyderabad in what could possibly be their third IPL title. CSK went in with a different approach this season as they banked on experienced players rather than younger cricketers. The strategy has worked for the franchise and they have proved that age is just a number.

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CSK are the team to beat

Since most of the players were above the age of 30, CSK had to manage the workload of players. IPL is a long tournament and Dhoni didn’t want players to break down in the middle. “The challenge this year was slightly different than the challenges we have faced in the past few years. The age group of the boys was definitely a concern. A lot of times, because of the frequencies of the games, you have to manoeuvre your resources and look at the bigger picture.” Dhoni said in the pre-match presentation.

On Bhajji not getting a chance to bowl

The good news for CSK is that all players are available for selection and the team seems to have managed the workload of the players quite well. CSK have so many bowling options in their lineup that sometimes a bowler gets four overs in a match and doesn’t get to bowl a single ball in the next game. Mahi has manoeuvred his bowlers very well and has given them chances based on the pitch condition.

“You know, I have a lot of cars and bikes in my house and I don’t ride all at a time. A lot of times, when you have six to seven bowlers in the side, you want to see the condition, you want to see who is batting and what is needed at that point of time,” he added.

CSK and SRH have squared off three times this season with the yellow brigade overpowering Williamson’s men on all three occasions. They will be hoping that they replicate their performance for the fourth time.

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