‘This diesel engine never…’: AB de Villiers on talismanic CSK captain MS Dhoni | Cricket News

Mar13,2024



New Delhi: Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers has compared Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni to a diesel engine that never stops working.
Despite speculations of Dhoni's retirement after the 2023 IPL season, he continued his commitment to CSK for another season, despite undergoing knee surgery and battling significant injury concerns.
Dhoni is ready to lead CSK at the age of 42 ipl 2024 After dedicating himself to rehabilitation to recover from knee surgery.
De Villiers stressed the role of Dhoni's leadership, calm guidance of the coach in his thoughts Stephen FlemingAnd the experience of players like Ravindra Jadeja In the success of CSK.
Together, they have created a culture of excellence that defines the essence of the CSK franchise. Dhoni's resilience and commitment to the game have been key factors in the success and longevity of his cricketing career.
“He played some incredible cricket last year. Last year there were a lot of rumors about the end of MS Dhoni, ladies and gentlemen, it was not so. He will come back again. Will this be his final season? No one knows. He just seems like this diesel engine that never stops. He keeps running. “What an incredible player, what an incredible captain,” De Villiers said on his YouTube channel.
“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.” They're a very intimidating team to play. They're never easy to beat. That's always a great feature of a very successful unit, a very successful franchise. When you're playing well , so it's like, 'Yeah, no problem, nobody's going to stop us' but when you're not playing like that, well – they always find a way to compete,” he said.
The South African maestro also emphasized on the strong aura surrounding Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and described them as an intimidating force on the cricket battlefield. He highlighted CSK's stronghold at the Chepauk Stadium, often referred to as the 'Fortress', which adds an impenetrable dimension to their dominance.
De Villiers issued a warning note to rival IPL teams, warning them about the threat posed by CSK, burdened with expectations.
As the defending champions who had clinched the title last season, CSK are entering the tournament with a sense of peace, free from the shackles of undue pressure. The combination of their formidable presence, home edge and balanced mindset makes CSK a formidable force to contend with in IPL 2024.
“They won last year. Yes, they want to defend their title but there is almost no pressure on MSD and their troops and I think that makes them dangerous. Can they go back-to-backs? He definitely has the potential,” he concluded. ,
CSK will play the first match of the season against RCB in Chennai on March 22.
(With IANS inputs)



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