Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes that MS Dhoni deserves to be the captain of Chennai Super Kings for the next season even though the franchise had a disappointing season under him. He reasoned that the wicketkeeper-batsman had given his sweat and blood to the franchise, and the owners should give him captaincy as the appreciation token.
While speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Gautam Gambhir pointed out that MS Dhoni has a healthy relationship with the CSK’s owners. The former Indian captain has been given the freedom to lead the team and take all the crucial decisions without the interference of owners.
“I keep saying that why CSK is CSK is because of the relationship between the owners and the captain. They have given all the freedom to MS, and MS has received all the mutual respect from the owners as well,” Gambhir was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Gautam Gambhir on MS Dhoni’s captaincy:
Gambhir added that he would not be surprised if CSK retains his former Indian teammate and given him the job of captaincy. As per him, the owners need to give that much respect to MS Dhoni because he has taken the franchise to top.
“So I would not be surprised if they continue with MS and MS plays till the time he wants to play. And then next year he still continues to be the captain and have a much different squad than what he has this time around.
“He deserves that much of appreciation from the owners. What he has done for the franchise and how the franchise actually deals with MS and treats MS is a fabulous relationship.
Former KKR captain, Gautam Gambhir, added that the franchises should deal with their captains the way CSK owners shared a mutual relation with Dhoni.
“And that is how every franchise should deal with their captain, who has delivered for them.”
It has been the first time that CSK has been knocked out of playoffs under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. They are lying at the bottom of the points table.