AB de Villiers has provided insights into the ‘intimidating’ nature of MS Dhoni after the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) secured a spot in the IPL 2023 final with an impressive victory over the Gujarat Titans (GT) in Qualifier 1.
Over the years, the legendary status of MS Dhoni has grown exponentially in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The charismatic leader of the CSK guided his team to their tenth final in the cash-rich league with a remarkable win over the defending champions, the Gujarat Titans, at Chepauk.
CSK’s victory was fueled by Ravindra Jadeja’s outstanding all-round performance and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s sublime knock of 60 runs, resulting in a 15-run triumph at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
With CSK becoming the first team to secure a spot in the IPL 2023 final, the iconic cricketer AB de Villiers has shed light on Dhoni’s ‘intimidating’ persona after Chennai outplayed the Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1.
Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) superstar De Villiers explained the challenges of defeating CSK on their home ground. The RCB icon emphasized how teams often feel daunted by CSK’s presence, particularly with Dhoni leading the charge at the Chepauk.
De Villiers, in an interview, mentioned the intimidating factor associated with CSK. Opposing teams believe they need exceptional performances to defeat them, whether due to the ground or the presence of MSD. However, a closer look at the scoreboard reveals that matches are often lost by narrow margins.
The former South Africa captain gave five-star rating to MSD.
Small details like a difference of 10 or 15 runs or avoiding no-balls can completely change the game’s outcome. MSD and his team consistently excel in these aspects, especially in home games and important finals.