CSK management and the owners (N Srinivasan) never put any pressure on any players – Ravindra Jadeja
Senior all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja feels that the management of the Chennai Super Kings has been distinguished by treating everyone with equal respect and showing compassion to players during their lowest phase and this approach has led to four IPL championships.
Senior all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja feels that the management of the Chennai Super Kings has been distinguished by treating everyone with equal respect and showing compassion to players during their lowest phase.
This approach has led to four IPL championships. Jadeja, who was the captain for the first phase last year, didn’t perform as expected and was replaced by the peerless Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose every word is believed to be Holy Grail in the CSK corridors.
Jadeja was a little upset over losing the captaincy, and there were rumors that he wanted to leave the team, but all of the issues were resolved well before the current season began.
“CSK management and the owners (N Srinivasan) never put any pressure on any players. Even now after 11 years with CSK, they have the same attitude and approach. They’ll never make you feel low even when you aren’t performing well,”Jadeja told ‘Star Sports’.
The southpaw said that there is no hierarchy in the team set up and he has never felt that there is any bias for any particular player.
“There is no senior and junior kind of thing there. Even any youngster from U-19 will get the same respect and treatment as other senior players. No pressure at all. No biases among any players, whether they are playing or not.”For Jadeja, the connection with fans, the ‘Whistle Podu’ brigade, is deeply emotional at one level.
He spoke on how the CSK franchise has been essential in developing a closer connection with the fans, especially when they had to play their home games in Pune in the 2018 edition of the tournament.
“In Pune, CSK Franchise made complete arrangements for 2k-3k fans to stay in Pune and watch all those seven matches which were scheduled to be played in Pune. Their stay and food arrangements, everything was done by the CSK franchise. Also, they were given CSK jerseys.”CSK is back at home ground and Jadeja says he can feel the buzz even during training sessions.
“This time at the home ground there will be a lot of excitement because sometimes when we practice it feels like we are here to play a match because 15-20k fans come to watch us practice.
“Complete one stand gets filled and cheer for us till the time we practice. It will be a lot more exciting this time because we haven’t played at our home ground for a few years and Mahi Bhai is back this season, so it’ll be a big occasion for fans to see him in Chennai.”