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IPL 2021: Matthew Hayden picks CSK captain MS Dhoni as his ‘Most Valuable Player’; gives reason

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CSK captain MS Dhoni talking with teammates during IPL 2021.© BCCI/IPL

Chennai Super Kings are back in 2020 after a disappointing Indian Premier League season. MS Dhoni’s team is on the verge of qualifying for the play-offs in IPL 2021 and things are back to normal in the ‘Yellow Camp’. MS Dhoni is not the batsman he used to be and it is visible this season as he has failed to go. But his captaincy acumen is still as sharp as it used to be and the three-time IPL champions are making full use of the resources they have to take their team forward. CSK’s major strength over the years has been their core group of players and Dhoni’s consistency in selection has empowered the players to perform well. Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo, who are well ahead of their prime, have contributed significantly. While Ravindra Jadeja remains the key figure in his side, youngsters like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur have blossomed under Dhoni.

It is for this reason that former CSK opener Matthew Hayden, who is currently part of the commentary team for IPL 2021, feels Dhoni remains the most valuable player in the league.

“The most valuable player, even if he doesn’t have the best tournaments ever, is still MS Dhoni. As a leader of the team, he’s absolutely rising to the challenge. He’s obviously big, but He has the reins and Hayden said on Star Sports, he is giving them a tough fight and his side is responding.

Hayden said that Dhoni this season has managed to make the most out of legends like Dwayne Bravo.

“For example, people like DJ Bravo, who are making an impact on this tournament, although it is small but every component of the team is playing together.

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“MS Dhoni was a very strong young side when the IPL was first conceived. He’s got it now because you know the loyalty among his selections. He’s got an older side but what we did in the style of MS. He has seen that he still promotes the best people like DJ Bravo,” Hayden said.

The former Australia opener represented Chennai Super Kings in three seasons from 2008 to 2010 and scored 1117 runs in 34 innings. Hayden has eight fifty-plus scores to his name for CSK.

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