MS Dhoni has won the third IPL title since the start of the Indian Premier League and he has been leading his team with the same agility and great presence of mind. Shane Watson was the man of the moment who hit his maiden IPL century in the crucial match. Watson started slow as Bhuvaneshwar Kumar the swing king was as his best in the initial overs. Respecting the quality bowling as an opener. He took his time and started hitting the bowl when it was lose.
Interestingly, CSK's significant contributions came from players who were above 30s. Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni all are in their 30s and their role in CSK's triumph has been quintessential.
"We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness. Rayudu for example is 32, he's someone who is fit, covers a lot of ground. Even if he plays a few games where he spends a lot of time in the ground and in the field, he never complains. So it is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect," said the 36-year-old Dhoni after the crushing win over SRH in the IPL final yesterday.
"For example if I push Watson to stop a single, there is a very good chance that he'll burst his hamstring and won't be available for the next game. So what you tell yourselves is that they have to commit and try, but there's no point getting injured for a single," said Dhoni. He also said, "What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings”.
“It's been a special season to be honest. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB. It means a lot to be with a franchise like CSK. After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball," said Watson.
Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains to have led team India. The Indian cricket team has won the T20 world, ODI 2011 world cup in 2011 and it was under his commands that Team India reached the no. 1 spot in Test rankings. His guidance and leadership has been phenomenal for the CSK as well and the 2018 title win would not have been possible without Dhoni.