Mar 11 2023
"CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan Reveals MS Dhoni's Plan to Seek Medical
Advice for Knee Injury: Aiming for Swift Recovery"
"Seeking Expert Opinion: MS
Dhoni to Consult Sports Orthopaedics in Mumbai for Knee Injury Evaluation,
Decision on Treatment Awaited, says CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan"
Chennai Super Kings' CEO, Kasi
Viswanathan, revealed on Wednesday that MS Dhoni will be seeking the opinion of
sports orthopaedics in Mumbai regarding the condition of his left knee. The
former Indian captain had played the entire IPL season with a heavily strapped
knee, showing resilience while keeping wickets. However, his batting position
was often pushed down, and he seemed less agile while running between the
wickets. Despite this, Dhoni had expressed his intention to return for another
season, if his body permitted, after leading CSK to their fifth IPL title.
Confirming the development,
Viswanathan stated, "Yes, it is true that Dhoni will be taking medical
advice for his left knee injury and will make a decision accordingly." The
nature of the treatment, including the possibility of surgery, will be
determined after the medical reports are obtained, leaving the final decision
in Dhoni's hands.
Will Dhoni opt out of playing
next season, thereby freeing up INR 15 crore for the mini-auction? When asked
about this possibility, Viswanathan stated, "Honestly, we haven't even
contemplated that scenario yet. It will be entirely Dhoni's decision. However,
I can assure you that within CSK, we haven't entertained such thoughts."
Regarding celebrations and
whether franchise owner N Srinivasan addressed the players after their fifth
IPL victory, Viswanathan replied, "He is delighted, but there were no
extravagant celebrations. The players returned to their respective destinations
from Ahmedabad. Moreover, if you observe CSK's history, we have never been
extravagant with celebrations."
Reflecting on the team's fifth
title win, despite facing injuries to key players, Viswanathan emphasized the
significance of team spirit and every player understanding their well-defined
roles within the team structure. He mentioned the positive influence of players
like Ben Stokes, who set a brilliant example for the youngsters. The success of
the team can be attributed to their captain's leadership.
CSK has consistently reached the
final in ten out of the fourteen IPL editions they have participated in. When
asked about their secret, Viswanathan, who has been associated with CSK since
the inaugural season, attributed their success to sticking to their
tried-and-tested process. The key lies in keeping things simple and ensuring
that every player understands their responsibilities. In the CSK franchise, the
captain maintains an environment of simplicity and clarity.
"Despite his immense
stature, Ben Stokes' outstanding demeanor positively influenced the entire
group, and the younger players held him in high regard. This credit goes to our
CSK's remarkable consistency,
reaching the finals in 11 out of the 14 editions they have participated in, can
be attributed to their defining characteristic. Viswanathan, who has been
associated with CSK since season 1, emphasized that they have always remained
faithful to their established process. The key lies in maintaining simplicity
and ensuring that every player comprehends their roles and responsibilities.
Within our franchise, the skipper keeps everything straightforward,"
In conclusion, while the decision
on Dhoni's participation in the next season remains uncertain, CSK remains
focused on their team-oriented approach and the process that has brought them
success throughout the years.