MS Dhoni has stated that CSK’s success owed to the less number of team meetings throughout the tournament as everyone knew their role and also revealed that they only had a 5-second meeting before the final. He also said that their core players' familiarity with the situations really helped them.
MS Dhoni has always spread a sense of calmness around himself in the dressing room, which has been a big reason for Chennai Super Kings success, especially in the high-pressure games. For the most part, their third IPL triumph this season could be attributed to his attitude only.
In a high octane tournament like IPL where the sides are always playing under immense pressure to cook up strategies in order to get ahead of the opposition, the biggest pressure has always remained with the captain. However, things don’t work like this in three-time IPL champions, Chennai Super Kings’ dressing room. Surprisingly, MS Dhoni has revealed that CSK's team meeting before the 2018 IPL final against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, which they won by eight wickets riding on a brilliant hundred by Shane Watson, lasted only five seconds.
"I think at that point of time, we were quite relaxed about how we'd conducted ourselves throughout the tournament. And everybody's role and responsibilities were very clear. So, you need to address something if it really needs to be addressed. You know, there's no point, just because if
"I always have felt that this was one of the secrets why CSK keep doing that (winning the IPL). We don't have a long list of meetings. We don't have too many meetings because we've played so long each with other, against each other, you know the conditions so well, you exactly know how you need to operate. And there's no rocket science.
On a lighter note, the CSK skipper revealed that the only time his team held a meeting was before the match against Kings XI Punjab, where Chris Gayle blew them away with a blistering hundred in Mohali.
"We had a bowler's meeting you