Chennai, Apr 20: Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis feels MS Dhoni's intelligent recruitment policy of roping in international captains who can contribute tactically, is one of the biggest reasons for Chennai Super Kings's phenomenal success in IPL.
CSK have been the most consistent team in the IPL history, having played play-offs in all ten seasons. They have lifted the trophy three times, in eight final appearances. "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 - (Brendon) McCullum, myself, (Dwayne) Bravo, obviously MS, (Suresh) Raina's captained a bit - because they want thinking cricketers," du Plessis told CSK's website.
"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," he added. The 35-year-old also praised MS Dhoni's captaincy and expressed happiness on being part of CSK. "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," the former Proteas skipper said.
Du Plessis, who has been part of CSK for various seasons now, also spoke about his passion for fielding, adding the team had a few very good fielders. "I love going to positions on the field where the ball goes all the time. We are lucky at CSK that we got a few very good fielders. Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) is incredible, he has got the strongest arm in world cricket. Jaddu wants them to try and run. He jogs to the ball because he knows if you run, you are out," he said.
The 2020 IPL season, scheduled to begin on March 29, has been put off indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The IPL, both for players and fans around the world, has become an integral part of the season. I was really looking forward to it this year," he concluded. (UNI)