IPL 2021: Will celebrate IPL triumph once MS Dhoni comes back to India- CSK CEO

CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan confirmed that the franchise will wait for captain MS Dhoni to come back to India after completing his mentor duties for Indian Team in the T20 World Cup 2021, to begin the celebrations of their fourth IPL title win.

Chennai Super Kings thumped Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in the final in Dubai becoming only the second team to win four IPL trophies. Mumbai Indians are the only team ahead of CSK with five titles to their name.

CEO Kasi Viswanathan said there can be no celebration without the skipper, and said, “We shall wait for the skipper to return to India. We shall happily wait as there can be no celebration without MS. He has already switched caps from CSK skipper to Team India mentor, so we shall have a small get together once he returns to India after the T20 World Cup.”

It was a huge comeback for the yellow army who were the first team to get knocked out of IPL 2020, as MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming scripted a total 180-degree turnaround, as CSK was the first team to qualify for the playoffs in IPL 2021.

It’s very hard to rate them, they (IPL wins) all are specials as they are results of our hard work. I think the one coming back in 2018 was very emotional but there is a lot of hard work in this one too. If you look back when we were called Dad’s Army in the first year (2018), I think a lot of people had no hope from us to maintain the competitiveness during this cycle,” the former NZ captain termed this win as special and emotional.

Fleming knows it will be difficult to retain most CSK players and he is looking forward to seeing how things pan out ahead of the IPL 2022.

We don’t know (on being asked if this was an end of an era). But we know that whenever we get to the end of the cycle we know that we cannot get some players back. CSK always had a system where we maintain players and keep them with you for a long period of time and get the best out of them.

It will be interesting to see how things pan out in the next few months. Most teams will have a change in them and we will be one of them,” Fleming signed off.