Former cricketer S Badrinath revealed that the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise initially wanted to pick Virender Sehwag instead of MS Dhoni as the skipper. But Sehwag himself told that he wanted to play for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and thus Dhoni got the helm position.
“IPL started in 2008, and if you see who was the first option for Chennai Super Kings, it was Virender Sehwag. The management had decided on picking Sehwag for sure, but Sehwag himself said that he was brought up in Delhi, so he would have a better connection,” Subramanian Badrinath said on his YouTube channel.
CSK has been the second most successful team in the IPL after winning three titles so far under the leadership of Dhoni.
Dhoni has not just been a successful captain for CSK but has led India to win in three ICC trophies. India lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 under his captaincy while they were crowned champions in the 50-over World Cup in 2011. He then led India to 2013 Champions Trophy triumph.
The IPL begins on September 19 with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on CSK in UAE. This is the third time when IPL is happening outside India. It was first held in South Africa in 2009 while the first half of the 2014 edition took place in UAE.