Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya showered praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a heartfelt tribute, debunking the myth of the former Indian captain’s serious demeanour. As the Gujarat Titans prepare to face off against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Qualifier 1 at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium, Pandya expressed his admiration for Dhoni, emphasizing that one would need to be a “proper devil” to hold any grudges against the legendary cricketer.
Pandya revealed that he had learned invaluable lessons from observing Dhoni’s actions on and off the field, regarding him as both a friend and a brother with whom he could share jokes and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. Referring to Dhoni as a “Captain. Leader. Legend.,” the Gujarat Titans echoed the sentiments of millions of fans who consider Dhoni an emotion in the cricketing world.
CSK, aiming to secure their fifth IPL title, has showcased exceptional form this season. The team’s resurgence from finishing second-last in the previous edition can be attributed to the contributions of players like Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Ajinkya Rahane, who have consistently displayed outstanding performances throughout the tournament.