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Fitness not age: How MS Dhoni’s formula powered ‘daddy’s army to IPL triumph

PTI
Published May 28, 2018, 9:51 am IST
Updated May 28, 2018, 9:51 am IST
CSK were criticised at auction for picking 9 30 plus players including Watson and Rayudu, who eventually were instrumental in CSK's triumph.
"What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings,” said MS Dhoni as Chennai Super Kings completed a fairy-tale IPL comeback, winning their 3rd title. (Photo: Chennai Super Kings)
 "What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings,” said MS Dhoni as Chennai Super Kings completed a fairy-tale IPL comeback, winning their 3rd title. (Photo: Chennai Super Kings)

Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings' fairy-tale comeback is a proof that fitness matter more than age, said skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after guiding his team to a third IPL title.

At the auction, CSK were criticised for picking up nine players in their 30s including Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu, who eventually were instrumental in the team's triumph.

 

"We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness. Rayudu for example is 32, he's someone who is fit, covers a lot of ground. Even if he plays a few games where he spends a lot of time in the ground and in the field, he never complains. So it is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect," said the 36-year-old Dhoni after the crushing win over SRH.

"What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings.

 

"For example if I push Watson to stop a single, there is a very good chance that he'll burst his hamstring and won't be available for the next game. So what you tell yourselves is that they have to commit and try, but there's no point getting injured for a single," said Dhoni before adding the CSK squad will be heading to Chennai on Monday for further celebrations.

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