Indian Team opener KL Rahul talks about MSD’s success with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL

By Daniel S

May 18, 2023

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is recognised as the one of the most successful captains in Indian cricket team history. Dhoni, who is the only captain to have won every ICC trophy to date (the ODI and T20 World Cups, the Champions Trophy, as well as the Test Mace and he gained notoriety for being a composed captain of both India and Chennai Super Kings. Dhoni has become one of the most desired cricketers competing in the Indian Premier League right now, and frequently after matches, the CSK skipper could be seen speaking with the next generation of players.

KL Rahul was a few of the players who made their debuts in the international game while Dhoni was the captain of the Indian side from 2011 to 2017. Rahul, a talented wicket-keeper who could also bat with style, has recently opened up about playing for India under MS Dhoni. He says it was essential for him to launch his career through the 41-year-old’s leadership and shares the wealth of knowledge he gained from working with him.

KL Rahul’s statement of praise for CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni

KL Rahul spoke on the Beer Biceps podcast about how former Indian team skipper MS Dhoni captains the side. He said, “MS Dhoni was my first captain. I’ve seen how he has handled the team, the calmness and the things that he does behind the scenes. Building the relationship with each person is something I’ve learnt from him. You need to build a relationship where these boys will fight for you, and with you.”

The Lucknow Super Giants skipper spoke about how his absence is felt in the Indian team dressing room. He said, “I’ve realised much later, once when he retired and now he’s not part of dressing room, I realised the presence of that man and the greatness that was a part of him. It’s probably every cricket lover’s dream to be in the dressing room and be captained by MS Dhoni. He’s very simple in his approach, what you see is what you get. Even on the field, he is very calm. It’s not just that he’s being that way. He’s very balanced in everything that he does.”