RCB’s ‘strange’ reasons to show unwillingness in buying Dhoni
In Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket, Chennai Super Kings and MS Dhoni are two complementary names. Chennai played in the IPL but Dhoni wasn’t in the team, it’s unimaginable. He has been with Chennai since the first edition in 2008.
Dhoni’s value in the IPL auction has multiplied since India won the first edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007. He was picked by Chennai for a maximum of 1.5 million dollars.
But Royal Challengers Bangalore also had a chance to buy Dhoni. They also showed interest at the beginning of the auction. But then they thought if Dhoni can’t play well after buying at such a high price? So Bangalore did not buy Dhoni thinking about their own money. Chennai took him by chance.
Charu Sharma, the then chief executive of Bangalore, reported the incident almost a decade later. “Think of the other side of buying Dhoni for 1.5 million dollars,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “What if Dhoni failed?”
“We knew in the beginning that the way the bidding was going, we might not be able to buy anymore. It’s not a one-man show, it’s a matter of team success. Suppose Dhoni was out for zero in a few matches, then? Chennai supporters used to ask what they got in return.”
Despite his skepticism about Dhoni, Dhoni has proved himself worthy of 1.5 million dollars. Dhoni has led the team to the knockout stage in each of the ten seasons he played for Chennai. Among them, Chennai became the champion in 2010, 2011 and 2018. He also won the Champions League titles in 2010 and 2014.
Dhoni is the only captain in IPL history to have won over 100 matches. Chennai have won 104 of 174 matches under him. He did not go less with the bat. He scored 4432 runs for Chennai at an average of 42.20 with 23 fifties.