The Indian Premier League season 16 is about to get underway from March 31 with the opening game scheduled between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Ahead of the season, an old video of MS Dhoni speaking to the CSK team ahead of their return in the 2018 season has drawn a strong reaction from legendary India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.
“I think when CSK returned and won the IPL trophy, it was absolutely amazing because the team had not been together for two years and they had moved out with different franchises and suddenly they came back again. That tells you about leadership,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.
“That tells you how the man could get a team together again after that gap. Sometimes you know, first year, second year there is a team spirit that happens but to get all of them together after the gap is remarkable,” Gavaskar added.
“I think therefore that particular year and some of the shots that he played, I remember one game where the teams needed 20 odd runs in the final over and he just smashed it around from everywhere from outside the off stump, he was hitting it over long on for sixes,” said the 73-year-old.
“We were used to seeing that from Dhoni but even those little touches of his where he makes a fielder, a player feel 7 feet tall, are the touches that make him stand out from the other,” the 1983 world cup winner further said.