Hardik Pandya on MS Dhoni: You need to be a proper devil to hate | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Gujarat Titans Captain Hardik Pandya said on Tuesday that you had to be a “real devil” to hold a grudge against legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is likely to be competing in his final IPL season.
As Qualifier 1 between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans draws near at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, Pandya also dismissed the misconception that Dhoni, hailed as one of India’s most accomplished captains , was a serious person.

“I will always be a fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and for so many fans and so many cricket lovers. You must be a real devil to hate Mahendra Singh Dhoni,” Pandya said in a video posted by Gujarat Titans on social media .


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The turnaround Dhoni has made since last season has once again put him in the spotlight as CSK aim to win their fifth IPL title after finishing second to last in 2022.
While the captain conundrum took its toll last year, CSK have been in sublime form with Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ajinkya Rahane coming together to once again make the team look like one. title winning unit.
Pandya said he learned a lot of nuances of cricket from Dhoni, not by picking his brain but just by watching him in action.
“A lot of people think Mahi is serious and stuff. For me, I make jokes and I don’t see him as a Mahendra Singh Dhoni.


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“Obviously I learned a lot from him, a lot of positive things, which I learned from him just by watching, not even a lot by talking,” said Pandya, who would aim to retain the IPL title on team won last year beating Rajasthan Royals.
The country’s top all-rounder also said that for him, MSD was like a brother he could relax with.
“To me, he’s just my dear friend, my dear brother, who I prank, who I relax.”
Gujarat Titans also posted a message calling Dhoni “Captain. Leader. Legend. @msdhoni is an emotion”.


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