In an interaction with Hindustan Times, Subramaniam Badrinath, former Chennai Super Kings and Tamil Nadu batsman explained how his CSK skipper at the time, MS Dhoni, would back players to the hilt if he believed that he was good enough to fulfill the required roles for his team.
Badrinath, who played for CSK in the first six editions of the IPL, said, “Dhoni always felt that roles are very important, and most of the time, mine was to get the team out of tough situations. My role was there in the middle order. The biggest strength of Dhoni is that he gives players that extra chance. If Dhoni believes Badri is good, that’s it. Badri is there. Once he believes it’s right, he sticks to the process. ‘I will give him chances, let him prove himself.’ Similarly, if he believes you are not good enough, even God cannot help you. He has his own mindset and sticks to it no matter what.”
Badrinath, who also played 7 ODIs and 2 Test matches for India, then went on to speak about his experience of playing for the franchise. He said, “Irrespective of how we’d performed, the owners treated us the same. Plus, we always had an amazing camaraderie and team environment… our get togethers, the bosses would always be like ‘we know you’re a champion side’. We had MS Dhoni as our captain so it flowed from the top to Dhoni and to the team.”