AB de Villiers recognizes Dhoni’s intimidating presence on the cricket field

With the IPL 2023 just around the corner, MS Dhoni has rejoined the CSK squad and his return has sparked a frenzy among fans. The iconic captain, affectionately known as 'Thala,' will be playing his first IPL match in Chennai after a three-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions. All the teams have already begun their preparations for the tournament. IPL 2023 MIGHT BE THE LAST FOR MS DHONI The schedule for the highly anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 is out. The opening match will see Chennai Super Kings pitted against Gujarat on March 31. The tournament will follow a home-and-away format this time around. So, MS Dhoni will play in Chennai for the first time in three years. MS Dhoni enjoys a massive fan base in Chennai, and the reception he will receive when he takes the field at Chepauk after such a long time was discussed by former Australia opener Matthew Hayden on Star Sports. With the IPL less than a month away, all participating teams are working hard to ensure that they are in top form for the tournament. Follow us on Twitter for more!

Chennai Super Kings, led by the experienced MS Dhoni, emerged victorious against Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2023, securing a spot in the final on May 28. This remarkable achievement marks their 10th appearance in the prestigious tournament’s summit clash, showcasing their remarkable consistency over the past 14 years. Dhoni’s astute leadership and strategic acumen have played a significant role in CSK’s enduring success. Reflecting on Dhoni’s captaincy, former South African cricketer AB de Villiers emphasized that the CSK captain possesses an intimidating presence on the field. De Villiers further highlighted Dhoni’s meticulous attention to detail, which contributes to his remarkable success in the fast-paced T20 format.

“I feel there is an intimidating factor. Whether it’s the ground or it’s the MSD factor, opposition teams arrive thinking they have to play extraordinary cricket to beat them. But when you look at the scoreboard, you tend to lose by small margins. It’s 10 or 15 runs, being no-ball free, it’s small things that turn a game upside down. MSD and his troops tend to get it right, when they play at home, when they play in big Finals, you’ll see what they come up with,”

AB de Villiers said.

Dhoni provides clarity on his retirement rumour

Immediately following the 15-run victory against Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1, MS Dhoni made it clear that he is not giving retirement much thought at the moment. He intends to evaluate his fitness over the next eight to nine months before making a decision.

“I don’t know, I have 8-9 months to decide. The small auction will be around December so why take that headache now? I have ample time to decide. I’ll always be there for CSK, whether it’s in playing form or sitting somewhere outside, I don’t really know. Frankly, it takes a heavy toll, I have been out of home from January, and have been practising since March, it takes a lot, so we will see, I have ample time to decide,”

Dhoni said in the post-match presentation.

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