In a social media frenzy, a devoted cricket fan earnestly appealed to MS Dhoni, the iconic former captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), to lend his support to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for an IPL triumph. Dhoni’s response to this unique request set the internet ablaze. The viral exchange between the fan and the CSK legend has cricket enthusiasts buzzing with excitement. Dive into the unexpected twist that unfolded in the realm of IPL fandom.
MS Dhoni in the Premier League
In the latest auction, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the perennially victorious team, displayed their prowess. Rapid winners, CSK, navigated the Dubai shopping spree with precision, ensuring a well-rounded squad for the upcoming 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Despite missing out on Gerald Coetzee, who joined Mumbai Indians, and facing defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in securing Alzarri Joseph, the defending champions have successfully assembled a notable roster in their quest for another IPL triumph.
CSK has secured a replacement for Ambati Rayudu in the form of uncapped power-hitter Sameer Rizvi for IPL 2024. Adding to their arsenal, CSK made a savvy move by acquiring New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra at a bargain price of INR 1.8 crore in the IPL 2024 mini-auction. In another strategic move, CSK invested significantly in Daryl Mitchell, securing the Kiwi all-rounder for a hefty sum of INR 14 crore. This marks a shift as they released Ben Stokes, replacing him with the impactful Mitchell.
An appeal to MS Dhoni
During the auction press conference in Dubai, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming made a compelling statement when asked about Dhoni‘s succession plan. Interestingly, a fan politely urged Dhoni to join forces with Virat Kohli at RCB, expressing admiration for his leadership and hoping he could secure a trophy for their team. The fan mentioned being a die-hard RCB supporter for 16 years and praised Dhoni’s success with CSK, extending an invitation for him to contribute to RCB’s glory. The fan stated,
“I’ve been a die-hard RCB fan for 16 years and like the way you’ve won five titles for CSK, I want you to come support us and win one trophy for us.”
MS Dhoni’s hilarious reply
Dhoni gracefully expressed his thoughts, acknowledging that RCB has assembled a strong team for the upcoming IPL. He emphasized the unpredictability of cricket, stating that all 10 IPL teams are formidable when their squads are complete. Dhoni highlighted the challenge of injuries affecting team dynamics. While wishing every team the best, he explained his focus on his team’s concerns. Dhoni also addressed concerns about supporting another team, emphasizing the sentiments of CSK fans.
“You know. They (RCB) are a very good team. Also, what you need to see is in cricket everything doesn’t go according to plan. If you talking about the IPL. All the 10 teams in the IPL, if they have full players, all of them are very strong teams. The problem arises if you are missing a few players because of injury.”
“So, they are a very good team and everyone has a fair chance in IPL. As of now, I have so many things to worry about in my team. I would like to wish every team all the very best, but more than that, I can’t do much as of now. Imagine me coming out of the way to support or help some other team. How will our fans feel?”
— Saravanan Hari 💛🦁🏏 (@CricSuperFan) December 20, 2023
Squad CSK for IPL 2024
Leading CSK in the upcoming IPL season, Dhoni, the player with the most IPL appearances, will helm the five-time champions in their title defense. The IPL 2024 auction saw CSK securing Rachin (INR 1.8 crore), Shardul Thakur (INR 4 crore), Mitchell (INR 14 crore), Rizvi (INR 8.4 crore), and Mustafizur Rahman (INR 2 crore). CSK retained key players, including skipper Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Deepak Chahar, Devon Conway, and others, maintaining a squad with eight overseas members among the 25.