S Badrinath Revealed That MS Dhoni Wasn’t The First-Choice For Skipper Of CSK: MS Dhoni who is regarded as one of the most successful captains in the history of cricket took not just Team India but his IPL team Chennai Super Kings to new heights. He achieved a lot of milestones for his team CSK and made it one of the most successful IPL franchises, having won the tournament three times.
He has been associated with the league since it’s inception, so much so, that it is hard to imagine Chennai Super Kings without MS Dhoni. However, you won’t believe that he wasn’t the first choice for the position of skipper in the team.
Recently, in a YouTube video, former CSK batsman S Badrinath revealed that MS Dhoni wasn’t the first choice for the skipper of Chennai Super Kings. Interestingly, he revealed that the first choice for the position of the skipper of CSK was none other than former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag.
However, since Virender Sehwag wanted to play for Delhi Daredevils in IPL as he played domestic cricket for Delhi only. Sehwag’s decision led the management to look at the other options and later they signed MS Dhoni for INR 6 crores. He revealed:
“IPL started in 2008, and if you see who was the first option for Chennai Super Kings, it was Virender Sehwag. The management had decided on picking Sehwag for sure, but Sehwag himself said that he was brought up in Delhi, so he would have a better connection,”
“The management agreed for him to play in Delhi, thinking it would be better. Then came the auctions, and they saw who was the better player, and before that India won the 2007 World T20. And only then did they decide to sign Dhoni,”
Further, he went on to explain how pitching MS Dhoni for CSK was like killing three birds with one stone. Praising the brilliance of MS Dhoni as a batsman, as a skipper, and as a wicket-keeper, S Badrinath said:
“According to me, MS Dhoni coming to CSK was killing three birds with one stone. One, he is one of the best captains the world has ever seen. There is no trophy that he doesn’t have. Second, the best finisher. A finisher is a very important part of all the best T20 teams around the world. Even if you see all the good teams today, Mumbai Indians have Pollard, Kolkata Knight Riders have Andre Russell, CSK have MS Dhoni,”
“And third, he is an excellent wicketkeeper. One of the best and safest keepers I have ever seen,”
Well, we can’t agree more with that. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will begin their IPL 2020 camp against the defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening clash on 19th September in Abu Dhabi.