MS Dhoni is practising twice a day in Chennai: N Srinivasan

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) owner N Srinivasan lauded the CSK skipper, MS Dhoni, at a recent event. Srinivasan revealed that Dhoni is practising twice a day for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

“For your information, MS Dhoni is in Chennai. He takes his cricket so seriously, he is practising in the indoor nets. And in the afternoon, he is practising at Chepauk. He is a very determined person and that is what we like,” said N Srinivasan at the India Today Conclave.

Speaking about consistency and loyalty in cricket, Srinivasan mentioned that these are the two qualities that are synonymous with the Chennai-based IPL franchise.

“Cricket is about winning, IPL is about winning but there are also things such as consistency and loyalty and I think that is what oozes out of us,” said Srinivasan.

Revealing the reason for India Cements bidding for the Chennai franchise back in 2008, Srinivasan said, “There are two-three points. The first is, we must recognise that Chennai was one of the 5 original Test centres in India. So, when the IPL was launched, I said, ‘Chennai must have a team.’ So, India Cements wrote to the then-president Sharad Pawar Sir asking if we could bid.”

“I wrote the letter although I was a treasurer myself. This has been forgotten in all the statements made subsequently. India Cements did not bid without permission,” added Srinivasan.

Since CSK’s formation in 2008, MS Dhoni has always been the team’s captain. He has led CSK to eight IPL finals and has won more matches than any other captain in the tournament.

MS Dhoni is all set to enter the record book in IPL 2021 as he would become the first player to captain a franchise in 200 games. Having captained 197 matches for CSK so far in his IPL career, the third match that CSK plays in the upcoming series would be MS Dhoni’s 200th game as a captain.

CSK will kick-start their IPL 2021 campaign against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10, 2021.