One of the best moves that CSK did as a franchise was to rope in MS Dhoni in their side in the 2008 IPL auction. CSK was one of the few teams who didn’t had any icon player which eased the pressure off them as they were free to bid for any player.
There are certain players who are the face of their IPL teams. But there is this man MS Dhoni who is not only the face but whole body of CSK. The man who operates from A to Z in the franchise. There are no restrictions for MS Dhoni and he has more than what a captain can get from the management and he been repaying the faith every single season that CSK have on him.
Here’s what the IPL COO had to say about the incident of Dhoni being bought by CSK
The only thing sure about the 2008 IPL was that the marquee players had to be assigned to their respective franchises. Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai, Virender Sehwag for Delhi, Yuvraj Singh for Punjab, Sourav Ganguly for Kolkata. But MS Dhoni, who was at the peak of his stardom, was without a home,
It is a well known fact that CSK is one of the consistent teams in the franchise cricket. The world cup winning captain for India in MS Dhoni is the man behind such a huge success and after having played for about 12 years, it is fair to say that MS Dhoni himself considers CSK as his second home. The COO Sundar Raman further added that,
So what did he do? He made Chennai his home. At the time, the icon player was not fixed a salary, and would be paid 15% more than the highest paid player on the team. Since CSK didn’t have an icon player, they were a bit more free to bid for the player of their choice. So the Indian T20 captain went to Chennai because there was no surcharge or GST, so to speak