Four-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has consistently been able to bring out the best performance from their players. Despite being criticized by some for their strategy and recruitment over the years, they have achieved remarkable success on the cricket field. Currently, in the IPL 2023 season, CSK is positioned third in the points table with three wins in five matches.
Dhoni the mentor
One of their star players this season has been all-rounder Shivam Dube, who has consistently delivered good performances. Dube credits his captain, MS Dhoni, for his form this season and revealed that Dhoni's message fired him up for the season.
Although Dube has scored 134 runs in five matches at an average of 26.80, playing in a tricky position for the franchise, he believes he can do better. However, he attributes his ability to put runs on the board this season to the trust and support he has received from his captain.
Dube gets candid
In a video shared by CSK, Dube disclosed that the most encouraging and motivating message he received this season was from Dhoni.
"Mahi Bhai (MS Dhoni) once told me something and those are the most encouraging and motivating words for me. 'You're good just be fearless'," revealed the southpaw.
Further in the video, Dube also called the last IPL season as the best in his career so far.
"The last IPL was the best IPL of my career till now. I got the chance to show what I can do. When I played against LSG. I've got the confidence that I can achieve something at this level. And I felt that can be the cricketer which I think I am. And after the innings.
"I started feeling that. I can score runs at this stage. And the position where I bat gives me enough time. I have a lot of chances and that gave me a lot of self-confidence. And the innings 95 against RCB was a great confidence booster for me," he said.