IPL 2023: He Takes Someone Else’s Thrash…: Former CSK Star Matthew Hayden ‘Magician’ MS Dhoni’s Success Mantra

MS Dhoni has led the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a record 10th time, showcasing his tremendous captaincy skills. Despite critics questioning CSK’s bowling department and several injuries in the team, Dhoni’s leadership has seen the team dominate this year’s tournament. Matthew Hayden, legendary Australian cricketer and former CSK star has revealed the success mantra of MS Dhoni.

Updated May 26, 2023 | 05:12 PM IST

Matthew Hayden revealed the secret to MS Dhoni’s success |Courtesy-BCCI


  • MS Dhoni has led CSK to the IPL final for the 10th time
  • CSK will be looking to lift the trophy for the fifth time
  • Matthew Hayden lavished praise on MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni has added another glorious chapter to his incredible captaincy record in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) title by leading Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to the final for a record 10th time. Under Dhoni’s brilliant leadership, CSK has bounced back brilliantly from a horror show in 2022, where they finished 9th, to be on the brink of lifting their fifth title.

Coming into the tournament, many critics cast doubt over CSK’s chances due to not having many big-name players in their bowling department. Their problems were compounded by several injuries in their camp, but Dhoni has surprised everyone once again as CSK have dominated the tournament so far.

Legendary Australian cricketer and former CSK star Matthew Hayden has revealed the mantra behind MS Dhoni’s success. Hayden has referred to Dhoni as a ‘magician’ also hailed the alignment between CSK and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association .

“MS is a magician. He takes someone else’s trash and makes them treasure. He is a very skilful and positive captain. He said something really interesting which I thought summed up not only his humility and his truth around cricket where he is represented and that is in Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

“The alignment between that association and the franchise, how strong that is in terms of building that process. To me, that is MS. There is a systematic way of going through things and working through them. He did that for India and he is doing it for Chennai Super Kings. Whether he plays or not next year it is almost irrelevant. Personally, I don’t think he will, but then he is MS Dhoni,” said Hayden was quoted saying by PTI in an event organised by the University of Technology Sydney

Hayden CSK’s career

Hayden played for CSK from 2008 to 2010 and was part of their first-ever title-winning team in 2010. He scored 1117 runs in 34 games at an average of 34.90 and an impressive strike rate of 135.55. Hayden won the orange cap in the 2009 season, which took place in South Africa, after scoring 572 runs in 12 games at an average of 52.00.