IPL 2024: Shardul excited to be back in CSK

Ahead of the IPL 2024, the Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur about MS Dhoni shares some interesting facts. He feels excited about making his second stint with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) under MS Dhoni’s leadership.

Earlier Shardul Thakur represented Chennai Super Kings from 2018 to 2021. Later, he joined Delhi Capitals in 2022 and Kolkata Knight Riders in 2023.

After winning the recent Ranji Trophy title playing for Mumbai Indians, Shardul Thakur is aiming for the IPL homecoming with Chennai Super Kings. Once again, he expects to nourish his skills under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.

Shardul acquired the price of INR 4 crores during the IPL 2024 auction, and he is among those new entries which include domestic and international cricketers such as:

  1. Sameer Rizvi (INDIA): INR 8 crores
  2. Daryll Mitchell (NEW ZEALAND): INR 14 crores
  3. Rachin Ravindra (NEW ZEALAND): INR 1.8 crores
  4. Mustafizur Rahman (BANGLADESH): INR 2 crores
  5. Avanish Rao Aravelly (INDIA): INR 20 lakhs

In the previous edition, he took only 7 wickets in 11 IPL matches and scored just 113 runs with the bat. Also, he had a lower average of 14.13.

Shardul Thakur about MS Dhoni highlights that his speciality is to allow players to shine with their performance and learn from their mistakes.

Shardul Thakur about MS Dhoni and CSK: Shares his excitement before IPL 2024

In a recent interview with PTI, Shardul Thakur about MS Dhoni speaks highly ahead of the IPL 2024:

“ I honestly want to share some important facts. The last year’s IPL wasn’t great for me. However, it is an exciting moment for me to once again play under Mahi Bhai. Especially, when you’re playing under him, there is something you can learn from the game. He guides every player standing behind the stumps and allows you to improve on your skills.

Mainly, Dhoni gives players a lot of freedom and asks them to take a license for their performance.

I am excited to join a team like CSK that values family and culture. Dhoni is one of the most outstanding cricketers in the world. Earlier, I have played under him before. Once again I will play under him and learn many new skills.”

In his above opinion, Shardul Thakur acknowledges his poor performance when he was not playing under MS Dhoni’s guidance. He had the best season in IPL 2021 where he took 21 wickets in 16 matches for CSK led by MS Dhoni. 

Shardul Thakur’s confidence enhanced after winning the Ranji Trophy:

Additionally, Shardul Thakur shares how confident he feels after winning the Ranji Trophy in 2024:

“ It helps you to increase your confidence levels. Whenever you win a trophy, your inner confidence increases. It gives an advantage over other teams and players. We aim to continue our momentum as we get from our performance. I don’t have any specific plan of action for the Indian Premier League. But, I am happy to play under Dhoni sahab.”

Furthermore, Shardul Thakur highlights his performance in the Ranji Trophy. He scored a century in the semi-final against Tamil Nadu and contributed a 75-run knock in the final against Vidarbha.

 “Sometimes I think about this fact. I started late in the tournament. Before joining the second last stage of the league (sixth game), I played a couple of Vijay Hazare games for the team. All the players, coaches, physiotherapists, and support staff were working very hard from June 2023 till now.

The process started for everyone in June in terms of fitness, enhancing your skills, game-related strategies and many more… The MCA management has supported us during the toughest periods, ” Shardul said after the match.  

Shardul Thakur about MS Dhoni: Overall facts

Shardul Thakur tries to convey that many young cricketers have discovered their talent under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. It is a proven fact that players like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja have realised their best abilities by following MS Dhoni’s instructions and secured their spots in the Indian cricket team.

The main reason why Shardul Thakur about MS Dhoni lauds his leadership skills as he hopes to secure his place for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Mainly, Shardul Thakur’s bowling performance was much better when he played for CSK from 2018 to 2021:

  • 2018: 16 wickets in 13 matches
  • 2019: 8 wickets in 10 matches
  • 2020: 10 wickets in 9 matches
  • 2021: 21 wickets in 16 matches.

However, the 32-year-old all-rounder’s performance dropped in the next two seasons:

  • 2022( Delhi Capitals): 15 wickets in 14 matches
  • 2023 (Kolkata Knight Riders): 7 wickets in 11 matches

Ultimately, fans are eager to watch how MS Dhoni can extract the best performance from Shardul Thakur in the upcoming IPL season

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