‘Hungry just like the Wolf’ is a 1982 chartbuster from that well-liked band Duran Duran. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was simply born a 12 months earlier in 1981.
But, the visceral connection – uncooked, undiluted with somewhat brutal predatory instincts – connects the 2. Name him what you need, however at 38, Dhoni stays the ‘final finisher’ within the sport.
Now, this ageless cricketer of velocity, thrust and energy will lead Chennai Tremendous Kings – IPL’s most profitable franchise – in yet one more quest for glory, this time within the UAE. Certainly, there isn’t any unfavourable bone in both CSK or Dhoni. It is a “Dad’s military” that finds match-winner sport after sport. Has large hitters, all-rounders, harmful floaters and as many as three leg-spinners.
“We’re more likely to assemble in Chennai and can depart for UAE after August 20 like the opposite groups. We can be based mostly in Dubai. We could have three weeks of observe forward of the match on September 19,” stated the aspect’s affable CEO Ok.S. Viswanathan.
Viswanathan has been having his conversations with Dhoni. “The boys can be rusty having performed so little cricket. Dhoni would have been proud of one other week’s observe however it can’t be helped,” the CSK CEO revealed.
And since eight groups can be coaching in three grounds – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah – observe matches are dominated out. Regardless of all this, CSK plans to hit the bottom operating. Dhoni permits his males to precise themselves, get pleasure from their cricket. He makes calls for from his teammates with out showing to place them beneath stress.
And he makes his good strikes, now closing down an angle on the sector, now ringing in an distinctive bowling change – right here you possibly can anticipate the sudden – and now shuffling the batting order.
Whereas he will get his cricketers right into a relaxed state of mind, Dhoni ensures their depth ranges by no means drop. Out of nowhere, this group can transfer in swiftly for the kill. No surprise, after its interval of exile, CSK made a shocking triumphant return after which got here inside a whisker of the title final season.
The aspect has much more depth and choices this 12 months. Combative left-arm seamer and free-wheeling batsman, Sam Curran is a welcome addition.
His accuracy, tempo, swing and minimize prompted Richard Hadlee to call Josh Hazlewood because the best modern paceman.
And Piyush Chawla, immensely profitable in IPL, is a leg-spinner with variations and coronary heart. Like its skipper, CSK has its personal tempo and rhythm with match-winner galore from Suresh Raina to Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson to Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir to Harbhajan Singh.
Then there’s M.S. Dhoni. Nonetheless ‘Hungry just like the Wolf.’