“Will Have To Play Under A New Captain”: MS Dhoni’s Massive Warning

MS Dhoni gave a fresh warning to CSK bowlers after the four-time IPL winners defeated LSG by 12 runs on Monday at the Chepauk.

Dhoni’s warning

Chennai Super Kings won their first home match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Monday as they beat the Kl Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants by 12 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. In the high-scoring match, CSK made 217/7 in 20 overs. LSG, making a good start, only managed 205/7 runs in 20 overs. Though CSK won, their bowlers were blameworthy of conceding too many freebies- 18 (leg-byes – 2, wides – 13, no balls – 3). In CSK’s first match too, against Gujarat Titans, the bowlers conceded 12 extras (lb 6, w 4, nb 2).


CSK captain MS Dhoni gave a severe warning to his bowlers. “Fast bowling we need to slightly improve. Need to bowl according to the conditions. What is important is to keep an eye on what the opposition bowlers are doing. One more thing is they’ll have to bowl no no-balls or extra wides, or they’ll have to play under a new captain. It will be my second warning and then I’ll be off,” he said.

The former Indian skipper was also surprised by the pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. “It was a terrific game, a high-scoring game. All of us were thinking about how the wicket will be. We had that doubt. It was a high-scoring game. Overall I think it was a perfect first game that happened and it was a full house for the first game in 5 or 6 years since we’ve been here,” Dhoni said.

“I thought it will be much slower. It was a wicket where you could score runs but overall it got a bit slower. We’ll have to see how it plays over the next six games at home but hopefully, we can score here. Even if it’s on the flatter side, force batters to hit over the fielders.”