MS Dhoni is rocking it this IPL, says S. Badrinath

CSK has the biggest fan following in the IPL, and even after two years' gap they are supporting the team with full fervour.

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Back to being the captain of the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been phenomenal in the tournament so far. In only 9 matches, Dhoni has currently played nine games in the tournament in which he has scored 329 runs at a stupendous average of 82.25. MS also slammed his highest score in IPL with a 44 ball 79 against the Kings XI Punjab, though in a losing cause. But his best knock in the season has be the whirlwind 70 off 34 against RCB.

Subramaniam Badrinath has been a part of the CSK squad from 2008 to 2012. In all these five years, he has played under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. Talking about his 36-year-old ex-skipper’s consecutive age-defying knocks to Cricbuzz, Badrinath brings up his previous experiences and says, “it is almost like deja vu” to see him bat like this.

MS Dhoni was always feared for his destructive batting. His sheer power and ability to hit sixes at will and pulling off impossible victories in the last overs made him the most formidable batsman to bowl to, especially in the death overs. S. Badrinath is among the people who saw him at his best from close quarters, during the early years of IPL.

“The way he was batting in those years, 2008, ’09 and ’10, I think history is repeating itself. The shots that he is playing, the way he is going out and expressing himself, I think it’s phenomenal,” he said. “Vintage MS Dhoni, I would like to call it.”

Badrinath thinks that the only thing about MS that has changed from the last time we saw him ravaging the bowlers is his mindset.

“I don’t think anything has changed with regards to his game, or shots, or his ability to strike the ball which we have all seen before, but his mindset.” Badrinath claimed. “I think he is in a whole new different zone.”

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