Chennai Super Kings fans had much to cheer about on Sunday, after their team’s 13-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, that too on MS Dhoni’s return as captain of the team. However, more than CSK’s victory, it was MS Dhoni’s post-match interview that has been creating all the buzz on social media.
Addressing the much talked about transfer of captaincy from Ravindra Jadeja back to Dhoni, the CSK skipper said that the pressure of leading the side was taking a toll on Jadeja and that it was affecting his performance.
“Right from the very start, between me and Jadeja, he knew last season itself that he would be given a chance to captain this year. He knew and got enough time to prepare, what is important is you want him to lead the side and I wanted that transition to happen,” said Dhoni.
The former India captain further said that he used to offer inputs to Jadeja during the first two matches, after which he left it to Jadeja himself to take decisions. “At the end of the season, you don’t want him to feel as if the captaincy was done by someone else and I’m just going for a toss,” added the world cup winning captain.
By stating that once you become the captain, one has to take care of a lot of things including one’s own game, Dhoni added that, “Spoon-feeding doesn’t really help captain, on the field you have to take those crucial decisions and you have to take responsibility for those decisions”.
The former Indian captain hopes that with Jadeja relieving the pressures of captaincy, he would be able to contribute more as an all-rounder for the team, like he usually does.
Dhoni also spoke about the young bowlers in the team and also stated that it’s important for them to learn from every game.
“If you see a Bravo or a Pretorius, they know what they’re doing. So you give them information and you back off. But a lot of time with the younger bowlers, you don’t really know what they’ll come up with.”
So you have to give them the field, talk to them and also tell them the variations they can use. Because it’s a very lonely place, once they have the ball they’re on their own, added the CSK skipper.