South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has credited the intelligent recruitment policy of Chennai Super Kings for their success in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years.
In the 10 seasons that the Yellow Army have played, they have always made it to the playoffs and won three titles under the constant leadership of MS Dhoni.
Talking about the success, Du Plessis said, “A great thing that CSK has done over the years, and that’s credit to MS and (Stephen) Fleming the coach, is they have targeted captains McCullum, myself, Bravo, obviously MS, Raina’s captained a bit because they want thinking cricketers.”
“So, there’s a lot of leaders within group, that experience of thinking cricketers is what they want and obviously it has proven to be very successful,” the 35-year-old Protea was quoted as saying on the official website of CSK.
Du Plessis further said that Dhoni’s exemplary captaincy has also been a factor for the joyous run they have had and that the skipper’s absence leaves a big hole on the field.
“Chennai Super Kings is a great franchise to be a part of, MS has got such strong leadership. He leaves a massive hole when he’s not on the field,” he said.
Meanwhile, the IPL 2020, which was scheduled to be played from 29 March was earlier postponed to 15 April before it was suspended till further notice last week.
Confirming the suspension of the 13th edition of the IPL, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that the decision was taken keeping in mind the “evolving global health concerns regarding COVID-19” and the nationwide lockdown that has been imposed in India till 3 May to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
Shah further added that the governing body would continue to monitor the current situation and would review a potential start date with all the stakeholders. He reiterated that the board would work in accordance with the government guidelines and protocols.