MS Dhoni Is A “Diesel Engine That Never Ends”: South Africa Great Praises CSK Captain


Marveling at Mahendra Singh Dhoni's longevity, former South African captain AB de Villiers has compared the legendary wicketkeeper batsman to a “never-ending diesel engine”. It is incredibly difficult for a player to play at the highest level for so long. But Dhoni has been performing valuablely for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. He is expected to lead the defending champions for a record 15th season during IPL 2024, having captained the team to a record-equalling fifth title last year.

“Last year there were a lot of rumors about MS Dhoni being finished; ladies and gentlemen, that was not the case. He will be back again.

“Will this be his last season? No one knows. It's like he's a diesel engine that never stops. He keeps running. What an incredible player, what an incredible captain,” De Villiers said on his YouTube channel.

CSK has been the force to win the most championships along with Mumbai Indians and much of its success has been attributed to sticking to the core group of senior players.

“I believe it's through his presence, it's through the leadership of MSD, a cool coach in Stephen Fleming, through the senior players in Ravindra Jadeja and others who have really kept this incredible culture alive.” Is kept.

“They're a very intimidating team to play against. They're never easy to beat. That's always a great feature of a very successful unit, a very successful franchise.”

De Villiers said, “When you are playing well, you say 'Yeah, no problem, no one will stop us.' But, when you're not playing so well, they always find a way to compete.”

CSK will begin their IPL 2024 campaign on March 22 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.

“Mumbai Indians needed Pandya back”

All-rounder Hardik Pandya has returned to Mumbai Indians after two seasons and De Villiers feels his return will solve the five-time champions' balance issues, provided he bowls.

The 30-year-old, who won four IPL titles with MI after joining the franchise in 2015, left the team in 2022 to play for new franchise Gujarat Titans.

He led the Titans to the title in his first season, while finishing runners-up the previous year.

“Hardik Pandya – He needed to come back; otherwise, the balance didn't look as strong. I think Hardik is going to play a big role. Hopefully, he will be able to hold the ball in his hands and do everything – A rounder that Mumbai Indians need,” de Villiers said.

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