MS Dhoni will lead CSK till he wants: Suresh Raina

Ross Houston
May 3, 2019

Skipper Dhoni has been in super form in the ongoing IPL and after sitting out for a couple of matches due to fever and a stiff back, he smashed an unbeaten 44 off 22 balls to power Chennai Super Kings to 179 against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday night.

The crowd chanted "Dhoni, Dhoni" as the 37-year-old batsman-wicketkeeper collected the man-of-the-match award and celebrated taking back top place in the table. The opposition team knows that with MS Dhoni in the team, the game isn't over till the last ball is bowled and that fear or feeling of dread was missing when Dhoni is not playing.

Talking about his super quick stumpings, Dhoni said, "I think it's something that's come from tennis ball cricket".

Even though both teams have secured a playoff berth, there is still a lot to fight for when the top two teams on the points table - Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings clash in Chennai at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.

Suresh Raina has always been his deputy in the IPL but has a very bad record leading the team in the tournament.

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja had missed out on the game with Mumbai Indians in the last tie of the IPL 2019. So probably you may see me more next year when he is done but I need more of his calibre. "But he will continue as long as he wants to play for Chennai, you know him and Chennai", Raina added.

Things went downhill for Delhi Capitals nearly from the beginning and then Ravindra Jadeja and Imran Tahir cleaned up the middle and lower order.

Team CSK with Rishabh Pant.

Ahead of the game against Delhi Capitals, team CSK was seen sweating it out in the nets.

Jadeja said Dhoni can be described by one word and that is "genius".

Losing skipper Shreyas Iyer said the defeat was a "reality check". Trent Boult and left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith were drafted in the playing XI.

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