Chennai Super Kings and India fast bowler Deepak Chahar talked about CSK captain MS Dhoni often dines with junior members of the squad during team meals. Chahar and the Super Kings are slated to take on the Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2023 final hosted at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
While speaking on the recent episode of the interview show Breakfast with Champions, Deepak Chahar was asked about the general atmosphere in the Chennai Super Kings. There have been many players, who were struggling with form, but managed to resurrect their careers in the yellow jersey under MS Dhoni.
Addressing the question, Deepak Chahar stated how the team management gives the players responsibility regarding their own performances. He also talked about the practices being optional for everyone as the franchise trusts its player to be aware of their fitness requirements. Chahar then addressed how the leadership group manages to alleviate any pressure from the players.
He said, “The ambience is different. Like, everything is optional here. No one will say anything to you. No one will say ‘you go to practice or you go to the gym’. You are a professional cricketer. It’s your responsibility to see what’s best for you. You can practice if you want. Or do it tomorrow or don’t do it at all. You can rest if you want.”
"However, you will have to perform on the ground. Everybody knows that. Nobody will blame you even if you lose the match. Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) doesn’t say anything either. There is no pressure on anyone,” Chahar stated in the eighth season of Breakfast with Champions.
Further, Deepak spoke about MS Dhoni’s impact on the team and talked about how makes it easy for newcomers and juniors by dining with them. “The second reason is Mahi bhai. When I joined the CSK team, I noticed that during the team dinner, people are sitting in two-three tables. One was occupied by seniors, the overseas player had the other one and then there are juniors. The new players often hesitate to speak. Mahi bhai would always sit with juniors. That’s fixed,” Chahar added.