Still I haven't left behind: Dhoni hints at playing next season after IPL final
Dhoni also talked about the final match and his team in the post-match presentation. He said that CSK have match-winners and they did well in the knockouts too considering they lost 5 finals before.
Khan Mutasim Billah LifeEditor
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni gives hints to continue his career in the franchise in the upcoming edition and also talks about the final which his team won by 27 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday (October 15) in Dubai.
After the match, in reply to Harsha Bhogle’s words: “You can be proud of the legacy you have left behind,”; Dhoni replied: “Still I haven't left behind.......”
Dhoni also talked about the final match and his team in the post-match presentation. He said that CSK have match-winners and they did well in the knockouts too considering they lost 5 finals before. He also said that they focused on practice sessions more rather than team meeting which worked out very well for them.
“We shuffled players. We had match winners coming game after game and doing really well. Every final is special, if you look at stats, we may say we're the most consistent team to lose the final too. I feel it's important to come back strong, especially in the knockouts.
“Frankly no chats, we don't talk a lot [meetings]. It's more one-on-one, our practice sessions are meeting sessions. The moment you get into a team room, it brings about different pressure. Our practice sessions have been good,” Dhoni said.
The 40-year-old Dhoni also thanked the fans who always gave supports to them even outside of India. “I would love to thank the fans, wherever we've played, even when we were in South Africa, we've always had a good number of CSK fans. That is what you crave for. Thanks to all of them, it feels like we're playing in Chennai. Hopefully we'll be back in Chennai for the fans,” he added.
The 4th time title-winning captain also discussed his future and said that in the next mega-auction of IPL, all the focus would be on building a strong core of players who could serve the team for several years.
“Again I've said it before, it depends on BCCI. With two new teams coming in......we have to decide what is good for CSK. It's not about me being there in top-three or four. It's about making a strong core to ensure the franchise doesn't suffer. The core group, we have to have a hard look to see who can contribute for the next 10 years,” Dhoni further said.