Chennai Super Kings made MS Dhoni feel wanted again, such franchise trust changed his game: Sourav Ganguly
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni shut his critics with an influential performance throughout the season for the franchise in IPL 2018. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Dhoni’s improved performance from previous two seasons with Rising Pune Supergiant was because of management’s belief in him.
The cricketing world witnessed a different MS Dhoni take centre stage for Chennai Super Kings in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2018 season. The Jharkhand-born wicket-keeper batsman led the CSK team to their third title after 8-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL final 2018. Dhoni, who looked at his absolute best both with the bat and in terms of leadership, benefitted from the reinstated trust from the franchise in former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s opinion.
Ganguly, speaking to a Bengali Daily, highlighted how relaxed Dhoni looked in this IPL as compared to the previous two seasons with Rising Pune Supergiant where he was the constant target for critics and was even stripped off captaincy responsibilities in the 2017 season as the management handed the bandwagon to Steve Smith.
“Dhoni looked extremely relaxed in this IPL. In a scenario which is already well-known to him, the fact that the franchise backed him to the hilt helped the team”, Ganguly told a Bengali daily.
Dada also highlighted how fit Dhoni was looking this time having worked incredibly hard on the physical aspects of his game too in order to be more effective this season.
As compared to the 2017 IPL season, where Dhoni scored 290 runs with the best being 61* last term, the 36-year-old registered a much-improved tally of 455 runs this term, with the best being 79* along with three half-centuries in total.
Not just his batting or wicket-keeping, Dhoni was looked in command of his strategies as well in terms of squad selection, the batting order, bowler selection as per the situation. As far as Ganguly is concerned, all of that was possible because CSK showed more faith in him than RPS did in the previous two seasons where his impact in the shortest format of the game was highly criticised.
Feeling needed is an extremely important factor for a sportsperson to perform and the fact that Dhoni was made to feel special by CSK really helped him reinstill confidence. Dada was right to credit the Chennai franchise management for making the Jharkhand-born cricketer feel ‘you are still wanted’ in order to draw the best out of him.