If Chennai Super Kings has a rock-solid fanbase then the reason has to be their skipper, MS Dhoni, who has been the backbone of the team since 2008. With four trophies in its wardrobe, it’s one of the strongest franchises in the league. For the last fifteen years, the CSK fans have been showering their love and affection on each and every player who has been part of this camp.
Recently, New Zealand batter Devon Conway got an opportunity to play for the Dhoni-led side and was left awestricken by seeing the craze of fans. He said that seeing the ‘Dhoni 7’ t-shirts everywhere inside the stadiums was a sight to behold and ‘pretty special’ for him.
“My wife would say that probably because I am married now I had a good run of form but I think yeah at some point of your life you just feel content. You feel you are happy where you are at. You can just translate that into your cricket and play with freedom, and enjoy it. If that has got something to do with marriage, I don’t know. But that is certainly the sort of form I struck after I got married,” Conway was quoted as saying on the official CSK website, chennaisuperkings.com.
“Firstly I would say thank you so much for all their (fans) support. You couldn’t ask for a better fanbase, and so we are very grateful to have all the supporters and the fans that we do, and just to see all the CSK T-shirts in the stadiums with ‘Dhoni 7’ on them was pretty special,” he added.
CSK had a tumultuous IPL 2022 with Ravindra Jadeja, who was made captain before the start of the season, relinquishing his post before Dhoni came back to lead the side. Despite the upheaval, not much changed inside the dressing room, with the Chennai team going about its task in a professional manner.
Conway, the classy top-order batter who scored three half-centuries, including an 87 in the seven games he played for the franchise this year, said, “The rich history (winning four IPL titles) that we have in this competition, we wanted to make the playoffs desperately. Unfortunately, it did not go our way this year. We had periods where we were really good with the bat, ball, and with our fielding, but it just did not happen consistently for us throughout,” Conway further said.
(With Agency Inputs)