Former Team India and current Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni is not yet ready to compromise on his fitness. He said that while he can’t guarantee performances, he tries to keep himself fit so no one can raise fingers at him for his dedication at least.
MS Dhoni’s comment came after CSK defeated the Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs in his 200th match as captain of the franchise. The 39-year-old has guided CSK to three IPL titles since the inception of the tournament in 2008.
“A lot has changed over the years and right from the start, we kept a very good atmosphere and a lot of the bowlers have been under the pump last year but this time they are enjoying bowling on these wickets,” MS Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“When you are playing, you don’t really want anyone to say he’s unfit. Performances are something that’s not guaranteed. I wasn’t guaranteeing performances when I was 24, I can’t guarantee when I am 40,” he added.
“But at least, if people can’t point finger at me that he’s unfit then that will be a big positive for me. I have to keep up with the younger guys, they are very fast, it’s good to challenge them,” he stated.
Talking about the match, CSK, after being put on to bat first, managed to reach a total of 188/9. In reply, RR were restricted to 143/9, following a middle-order collapse, which saw them lost 5 wickets for just 8 runs.
After losing their opening match, CSK have now registered back-to-back wins and currently occupy the second spot in the points table. They will now take on KKR on Friday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
For the records, Dhoni has played 201 games for CSK. The only game in which he didn’t lead the team was a Champions League T20 game against Yorkshire in 2012. Suresh Raina had done the honours in that match.