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MS Dhoni is master in allocating clear roles to each player in the team: Kris Srikkanth

The former India skipper has not lost the magical touch of captaincy.

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Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni in action. (Photo by IANS)

MS Dhoni and his batting form have surprised one and all in the 11th edition of the tournament. The Chennai Super Kings skipper has batted with complete authority in the tournament. However, captaincy of the former India captain has been refreshing as well in the tournament. The ever calm Dhoni has led the side who made a return to the tournament after 2 years following their suspension. CSK sit at the number two in the points table and If they manage to go the way they’re going, they’re one of the teams who will be confirming the playoffs birth.

Former India opener Krish Srikkanth is pleased with the way the 36-year old Dhoni has batted in the tournament. However, the 1983 World Cup winning player is mighty impressed with the way MS Dhoni has captained the side. Srikkanth feels that the CSK skipper’s ability to assign particular roles to his players has been very accurate. Notably, Dhoni has been known for backing his player amid high-criticism from fans and former players.

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Settled playing XI helping the CSK

The 58-year old Tamil Nadu-born former opener in a column written for news daily Times of India mentioned that the Chennai Super Kings have been as consistent as they used to be in the earlier edition of the tournament. Srikkanth felt that the main reason behind their success has been the settled playing XI which they have managed to field every game.

“MS Dhoni is a past master at finding the perfect combination and more importantly he ensures each player realises his role and settles into it quickly. The confidence he showed in Deepak Chahar and Ambati Rayudu is a vital lesson for other skippers,” said the former India player.

Injuries didn’t hurt CSK: Srikkanth

Srikkanth mentioned how even the injury concerns didn’t hamper the progress of the CSK. Notably, CSK were thumped with an injury to Kedar Jadhav in the very first game of the tournament. 25-year old Deepak Chahar showed an impressive run before getting injured. However, Srikkanth in his column suggested that Dhoni managed to allocate the players clear roles which have made CSK a strong unit.

“Despite losing a few players and some plagued by injuries in between, CSK has been the team to beat. What happens when a captain allocates clear roles is the dependence on individual performance comes down drastically. Dhoni himself has been special with the bat and at the same time every member has been contributing significantly as well,” wrote Srikkanth in the column.

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