Recently, the former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan revealed how the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni denied adding one outstanding player in the IPL side as it would affect the team.
CSK is one of the highly successful IPL teams and many praise their skipper MS Dhoni for this high success. Dhoni-led CSK have won three IPL trophies and two Champions League T20 trophies. Moreover, while they have played ten IPL seasons, CSK finished in the top four positions every time, and in fact, they only failed to reach the finals of this tournament for twice, finishing five times as the runners-up.
Recently, talking about the importance of building a successful team, N Srinivasan recalled one incident of his interactions with the CSK captain MS Dhoni. While Srinivasan is the head of India Cements, which owns the CSK, once he suggested the skipper Dhoni to add one outstanding player in the team but Dhoni didn’t agree on that by calling “he will spoil the team”.
In a recent webinar, which was organised by the Great Lakes Institute of Management, Srinivasan said according to the ESPNcricinfo, “There was one outstanding player that we suggested to MS, he said: ‘no sir, he will spoil the team’. The cohesion within the team is important and see in America, franchise-based sport has been there for such a long time.
“In India, we’re just starting and we’re new to it. But we at India Cements have had a lot of experience running teams at junior levels.”
MS Dhoni is a pure instinct man: N Srinivasan
Srinivasan has claimed that the data has been used by the coaches to understand the strength and weakness. However, he has further added that Dhoni doesn’t believe in this, only follows his instinct.
The former BCCI chief claimed, “We’re awash with data just now. To give you an example, there are bowling coaches and in a T20 game, they play videos of every batsman whom they’re going to come against and they see how he got out, what’s his strength, what’s his weakness etc.
“So, MS Dhoni doesn’t attend this, he’s a pure instinct man. The bowling coach, (head coach Stephen) Fleming will be there and everybody will be there, everyone is giving opinions, (but) he’ll get up and go.
“In the context of instinct, he feels that okay he can assess a batsman or player on the field, that’s his judgement. On the other hand, there is so much of data that is available to help a person also analyse. It’s a very difficult line to draw (between data and instinct).”