MS Dhoni scored 455 in 16 matches © AFP
MS Dhoni scored 455 in 16 matches © AFP

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lifted the Indian Premier League  trophy for the third time equaling Mumbai Indians (MI) record. CSK had made a comeback in the league after 3 years as they were suspended due to match-fixing allegations. They only lost 4 out of their 18 games in group stages as they finished second behind Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The one thing that stood out in their performance was MS Dhoni‘s batting form in the season. Dhoni promoted himself up the order and scored 455 runs in 16 innings. Talking about this Harbhajan Singh said Dhoni’s form reminded him of his prime days.  “He has been wonderful and it was good to see him batting up the order. He reminded me of the older version of Dhoni,” Harbhajan told Sportstar. 

The CSk team was being criticised after the IPL 2018 auctions for having a squad of old players. However, CSK have fought all odds and proved that experience overpowers youth. Talking on that Harbhajan said that age doesn’t matter if you are fit enough.

“[Our performance] shows that age is just a number. If you are fit and you can run after a ball or score runs, then that should matter in the end and not how old you are on paper.”

“We make mistakes by saying that players are 30 or 35. My question is, so what? When people are 20-21, they make mistakes in the middle by not thinking wisely. Nonetheless, the people in 30s are experienced as they have gone through these stages in their career, so they know when to react and how to react in pressure situations. That’s where experience comes to play,” he added.

Harbhajan had been a regular member of MI since the very first season. However, this year he was bagged by CSK for INR 2 crores. He played 13 matches in the season picking up 7 wickets. CSK had to change their home ground to Pune due to Cauvery issue. Talking on that Harbhajan thanked the CSK supporters in Pune. “We didn’t play much in Chennai, that’s very unfortunate. Yet, the crowd went to Pune to support. They were excited. A big team coming into the league is always good and we have got perfect results,” he concluded.