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'They won't buy me at the auctions', says MS Dhoni on revealing Chennai's 'secret' success mantra

MS Dhoni in action. Photograph:( IANS )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 24, 2019, 12.44 AM (IST)

Chennai's skipper MS Dhoni, who was critical of his side's top-batting order after losing the previous game to Bangalore, looked satisfied after Shane Watson guided Chennai defeat Hyderabad by six wickets on Tuesday.

On Chidambaram Stadium track, Watson roared back to form with a 96 off 53 balls splendid knock. 

During the post-match presentation ceremony, Dhoni hailed Watson as a "matchwinner". He said, "Watson has been a matchwinner for us. He has been batting well in the nets."

He added, "Although he (Watson) did struggle a bit. This is the time when you need to back them." 

With the win, Chennai have returned on top in the point table with eight wins from 11 games, whereas Hyderabad remained at fourth with five wins from 10 games. 

On being asked about Chennai mantra of success, Dhoni said that "it's a secret" and he won't reveal it before retirement. 

With a witty smile on his face, he added, "If I tell everyone what it is, then they won't buy me at the auctions."  

Dhoni further added, "The crowd support and franchise's support are key of course. Huge credit has to also go to the support staff who play a huge role in keeping the team atmosphere good for the team and other individuals."

"Other than this, I can't reveal anything till I retire." 


Dhoni has battled a dodgy back for a long time and he wants to be careful with it as the ICC World Cup is round the corner. 

The Chennai skipper said that there has been some stiffness but it is holding up as of now. 

"The back is holding up, it's not getting worse, with the World Cup coming up, can't afford that, because that's too important," Dhoni said. 

Dhoni said that at the highest level, there aren't any players who are not playing with a niggle or two. 

"If it becomes worse, I certainly take some time off but at this level you play with some niggle or the other. Because if you wait to get fully fit, then there will be a gap of five years between two matches," the skipper said cheekily.

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On being asked about Chennai mantra of success, Dhoni said that "it's a secret" and he won't reveal it before retirement