CSK CEO Denies Dhoni-Jadeja Rift: ‘He Didn’t Complain’, Says Viswanathan

Chennai Super Kings

The alleged disagreement between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been a prominent topic of discussion in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years. It is believed that the rift originated in 2022 when Jadeja was initially given the captaincy but Dhoni took over when the team faced difficulties.

Adding fuel to the rumors, Jadeja jokingly suggested that fans preferred Dhoni batting over his own. However, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan stepped in to dismiss these claims. Viswanathan asserted that Jadeja has never harbored any negative sentiments towards Dhoni and has never raised any complaints regarding their relationship.

“As far as Jadeja is concerned, he bowled superbly. While batting, our line-up of Ruturaj, Conway, Moeen, Rahane, with the results, whenever he [Jadeja] went in to bat, he had 5-10 balls left. In such situations, it can or can’t click sometimes. But the thing is he also knew Dhoni was to come in next, and he himself would get just 2-3 balls sometimes,”

Kasi Vishwanathan said.

“In such situations whenever he went in, the crowd used to welcome Dhoni. In a way, he may have felt hurt. Any player for that matter may have had that pressure. But he didn’t complain about it even though he put out a tweet,”

he further added.

It’s all part and parcel of the game: Viswanathan

“It’s all part and parcel of the game. After the last game, people saw videos online and assumed I’m pacifying Jadeja, but it wasn’t like that. I was talking to him about the match, what he did. We didn’t have any other discussion,”

Vishwanathan added.

“Everyone knows in a team environment, what happens in the dressing room, no one is privy to it outside. We don’t have any problem. He always had high respect for Dhoni. After the final also, he said, ‘I dedicate this knock to Dhoni.’ That is the kind of respect he has for MS,”

he concluded.

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