When the IPL 2022 begins later this week, the legendary MS Dhoni will return to captain the Chennai Super Kings. Dhoni is the league’s second-most successful captain, having guided CSK to four trophies, one short of matching Mumbai Indians’ five-year record. Dhoni’s success last year was all the more memorable since he elevated the franchise and led them to IPL glory a year after their disastrous IPL 2020 campaign.

While Dhoni’s batting power has waned, his leadership skills have remained unflappable. Even yet, during the first qualifier between CSK and Delhi Capitals last year, Dhoni the batter rose to the occasion. Despite his lack of form, Dhoni resurrected his finisher in a cameo of 18 off 6 balls, which helped CSK chase down the goal of 172. With 13 runs required off the penultimate over, Dhoni turned back the clock, slamming three boundaries to send CSK into the final.

“I chatted with Dhoni after he single-handedly defeated Delhi in the semi-finals last year. He told me about his daily rituals, how he views the game, how he controls it, and how he regulates his emotions. As a result, there is a great deal that goes into it. I sometimes feel awful if I’m speaking for him. But I’d want to restate the main point we discussed. He just told me, The way you have to approach it is to seek to be there till the finish and accept responsibility. There are many approaches: score runs early and complete the game by the 18th over “on his program Backstage with Boria, Stoinis told Boria Majumdar.