Parthiv Patel, who was a part of the Chennai Super Kings unit through the first version of the IPL recalled how MD Dhoni’s team meetings by no means lasted more than a few minutes. Parthiv scored 302 runs from 13 matches as CSK made it to the ultimate, which was to be performed towards Rajasthan Royals, and though the wicketkeeper batsman went on to play for different groups, he’s sure nothing has modified about Dhoni and his captaincy in all these years.
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“Team meetings used to last for 2 minutes. In the 2008 final, the CSK team meeting led by Dhoni lasted for 2 minutes and I am sure it lasted for 2 minutes in 2019 also. Dhoni was always clear in what he wanted from his players,” Parthiv stated through the watch-alongside of the primary ever IPL last on Star Sports.
“Dhoni was always clear about his team combinations and the role each player had to play in the squad. The RR team in the 2008 season played like a group of 11 players. It was never a team of individuals and that is why we took them seriously. They were never the underdogs.”
Parthiv performed for CSK until 2010 and admits to have learnt loads from sharing the dressing room with among the greats. Over the years, Parthiv has spent a season every for the now-defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Deccan Chargers, together with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians. He performed for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014 and returned to the franchise for his second run in 2018.
“I learned a lot in 2008 from watching players like Hussey, Fleming, and Hayden, how they get ready for big matches and how they prepare,” Parthiv stated. “IPL has changed a lot. There are more tactics, analytics and strategies. We used to aim for 30 to 36 runs in the last 5 overs of batting. Now scoring 50 to 60 runs in the last five overs of the first innings is the new normal.”
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