CSK captain MS Dhoni in action against SRH in IPL 2021.© BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings on Thursday became the first team to enter the play-offs in IPL 2021 with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was another impressive performance from CSK as their bowlers restricted the SRH batsmen to a low level. They were in control of the entire chase except for a short period when they lost wickets in a hurry, but Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni got the job done for the team. CSK’s performance this season is commendable as just last season MS Dhoni’s team had their worst performance in the IPL and failed to qualify for the play-offs for the first time.
The three-time champions have come back stronger than ever and are now giving sleepless nights to their opposition teams. MS Dhoni, who as always has been shrewd while captaining, spoke about the team’s revival during the presentation ceremony on Thursday.
“It means a lot, because last time, we said we wanted to come back strong. We are known for that and there was a lot at stake. You won’t always win games and not much went our way. Time, and it is important not to make excuses and we have done that this year,” Dhoni said.
The veteran wicket-keeper batsman gave all the credit to his players and support staff for taking responsibility and delivering the goods this season.
“The boys did well to maintain the pace and they have taken the responsibility of balancing all the departments of the game so that the players and the support staff get credit,” Dhoni said.
CSK next take on Rajasthan Royals on Saturday as they look to cement their place in the top two spots in the IPL points table.
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