• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

‘Dhoni made Jadeja who he is today’: Former CSK opener | Cricket

‘Dhoni made Jadeja who he is today’: Former CSK opener |  Cricket

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have the reputation of being the strongest franchise in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). The team has suffered some setbacks on occasion but has responded with more vigor as seen in the previous two editions.

Ravindra Jadeja hugs MS Dhoni after CSK beat Gujarat Titans in the IPL final(Twitter/ChennaiIPL)

CSK last finished second in 2022 and went on to lift the trophy in the subsequent edition, taking their total IPL titles to five. Despite the availability of MS Dhoni in the camp, the franchise led by star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is different in the 2022 edition. However, the move did not yield any favorable results and Jadeja had to leave the position, handing it back to Dhoni midway through the season.

There was no change of captaincy in 2023 and under the leadership of Dhoni, CSK became champions again. Before the start of the season, there was speculation that Jadeja would leave the franchise, but he became the hero of the team’s victory by hitting a last-ball four and a last-ball six.

Former CSK batsman Ambati Rayudu, who was part of the franchise for both seasons and retired after the 2023 final, spoke at length about the relationship between Dhoni and Jadeja, during which he also dispelled rumors of a rift between the two.

“I don’t think Jaddu (Jadeja) was upset with Mahi bhai at all. He was sad that the team did not perform well. Everyone’s performances that year were not up to par,” Rayudu said on the BehindWoodsTV Youtube channel.

Rayudu, who announced his retirement after the 2023 edition, also highlighted how Dhoni helped transform Jadeja into a world-class all-rounder.

“He (Dhoni) has put this team together and made Jaddu (Jadeja) what he is today. 10-12 years have nurtured him. So the product he has built will naturally be happy to win the final for CSK after what happened last year,” Rayudu said.

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