IPL 2021: MS Dhoni’s masterstroke, ‘making CSK players simulate match situations’

IPL 2021: MS Dhoni’s masterstroke in practice, ‘making CSK players simulate match situations’ reveals Ruturaj
IPL 2021: MS Dhoni’s masterstroke in practice, ‘making CSK players simulate match situations’ reveals Ruturaj

IPL 2021 – CSK MS Dhoni Training Camp: Chennai Super Kings are going all guns at their training camp for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season. CSK skipper MS Dhoni, who is probably playing his last edition, is doing everything to overcome the ghosts from last year and get his hands on the shiny IPL trophy for the fourth time. He has also introduced a new training method to help the young guns get used to the demanding nature of the league.

IPL 2021 – CSK MS Dhoni’s Masterstroke in Practice, employs unique method

Dhoni is known for his tactical acumen and once again he is employing the same in the practice. Check how?

  • Dhoni has given players different match situations as per their positions and roles
  • For Ex – Ruturaj Gaikward is being asked to score 60 Runs in last 6 Overs
  • Another player is being asked to build innings, if team is down two wickets without scoring.

These kinds of match simulations are preparing CSK players for the tough moments accoridng to CSK’s IPL 2020 star youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Last week was all about having little bit feel of how is it in the match, match simulations. What we are practising in the nets, is it going in the right direction or is it clearing the rope, or is it getting through the gaps. So, the idea behind the match-simulation was this thing. Our captain suggested this,” he said.

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He added that training in the nets and in such situations is a different ball game altogether. “When we are batting in the nets, it is not ideally the match situation. We just go around, and play some shots and we are not really worried about what the score is or what the team’s score is.

We had match-simulations, having six overs, targetting sixty, or sometimes you are two wickets down and you have to build up from there,” Ruturaj said.

Gaikwad believes this strategy helped him understand his shortcomings and work on them. It gave him an opportunity to introspect.

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I myself particularly got to know where I am heading. If I am in good shape, or am I hitting the ball well,” he said.

Not only this, Dhoni along with team’s fitness trainer is also taking team through rigorous fitness training schedule everyday. Few of the top CSK players like Suresh Raina & Ravindra Jadeja are yet to join the camp. According to CSK team management, Raina is expected to join on 24th while Jadeja is currently rehabilitating at NCA and will join end of this week.

IPL 2021: CSK schedule, fixtures matches and squad

IPL 2021 will begin from April 9, with the IPL final scheduled on May 30. The Dhoni-led side will kickstart their campaign on April 10 against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai.

April 10, Saturday Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals 7:30 PM Mumbai
April 16, Friday Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings 7:30 PM Mumbai
April 19, Monday Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals 7:30 PM Mumbai
April 21, Wednesday Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings 7:30 PM Mumbai
April 25, Sunday Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 3:30 PM Mumbai
April 28, Wednesday Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 7:30 PM Delhi
May 1, Saturday Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings 7:30 PM Delhi
May 5, Wednesday Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings 7.30 PM Delhi
May 7, Friday Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings 7.30 PM Delhi
May 9, Sunday Chennai Super Kings v Punjab Kings 3.30 PM Bengaluru
May 12, Wednesday Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders 7.30 PM Bengaluru
May 16, Sunday Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians 7.30 PM Bengaluru
May 21, Friday Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings 7.30 PM Kolkata
May 23, Sunday Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings 7.30 PM Kolkata


CSK squad 2021: MS Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, Robin Uthappa