The introduction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has brought a revolution in Indian cricket. The T20 blitz has taken the sports in the country to the mountain top. Speaking about illustrious IPL, former India cricketer Saba Karim said that role of MS Dhoni to kick-start the tournament is paramount.
Meanwhile, the Chennai Super Kings skipper has been one of the most consistent skippers in the history of IPL. He has reached the playoffs with Chennai in the 10 seasons they have played and won the title three times. CSK have played a staggering eight finals – more than any other side in the history of IPL.
Dhoni played an integral role in kick-starting IPL – Saba Karim
Former BCCI general manager Saba Karim recently praised the contribution of MS Dhoni to kick-start IPL. Stating his role as paramount, Karim said that Dhoni’s played a pivotal role in popularising the sport. Since 2008, IPL has been a huge success and is currently one of the most prominent leagues in the world.
“Dhoni played an instrumental role in kick-starting the IPL because of the way he brought a different dimension to the shorter format of the game because of his aggressive side with the willow. Also with his calm exterior behind the stumps,” Karim said while talking to news agency AFP.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni announced his international retirement last month. However, Saba Karim admitted that global cricket needs icon like Dhoni. He is also optimistic that Dhoni will put up a good show in the UAE. Incidentally, the 39-year-old has not played any competitive cricket since the World Cup in England last year.
“He is very fit and I believe he is working very hard on it. Plus he has stopped playing international cricket so there will be less burden on his body. Global cricket still needs an icon like MS Dhoni to continue,” said Karim.
The Super Kings will begin their campaign against defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 19 at the Dubai International Stadium.