MS Dhoni, one of the greatest white ball captains to ever grace the game of cricket, made a very interesting remark about his captaincy yesterday. Dhoni made the remark in the post match presentation ceremony, after his team CSK beat Gujarat Titans in qualifier 1 of IPL 2023 to make it to the final for the 10th time in 14 IPL seasons.
CSK batted first on a slow Chepauk pitch and although they put 172 runs on the board, it was not really a safe score with the possibility of dew later on in the game. But as it turned out, CSK kept chipping away with the wickets and in the end, the GT lower order batsmen had too much to do.
I keep moving the fielders all the time: MS Dhoni
Talking to Harsha Bhogle in the post match presentation, MS Dhoni said that he is an instinctive captain and goes with his gut feel, which is why he can be annoying to his fielders at times, as he keeps moving the fielders a couple of feet right or left all the time.
Dhoni said that he has requested his fielders to keep an eye on him all the time so that he can place them in the positions he wants to place. According to Dhoni, he doesn’t really react if someone drops a catch, but he wants to make sure that the fielders are in the right positions.
When Dhoni was asked if it was his last game at Chepauk, he didn’t give a clear answer and said that the next IPL is going to be held after 8-9 months. So he doesn’t need to think about it immediately and he will make his decision in the meantime.
There are speculations that this might turn out to be Dhoni’s last IPL season and if that’s the case, then the last night’s game might have been his last at Chepauk, as the final of IPL 2023 will be played in Ahmedabad.