IPL 2023: Ravindra Jadeja talks up CSK management and impressive support in MA Chidambaram Stadium

Jadeja, who was roped in by the Chennai-based side in 2012, feels equal respect for all and being empathetic to players during their lowest phase has been the hallmark of CSK.

“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 the approach. They’ll never make you feel low even when you aren’t performing well,” Jadeja told ‘Star Sports’.

The star all-rounder also 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 as every player is given the same respect.

“There is no senior and junior kind of thing there. Even any youngster from U-19 will get the same respect and treatment like other senior players. No pressure at all. No biasness among any players, whether they are playing or not,” Jadeja added.

Jadeja also spoke on the connect with fans, the ‘Whistle Podu’ brigade. He revealed how the franchise had been instrumental in building a deeper 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 arrangement for 2K-3k fans to watch all those seven matches which were scheduled to be played in Pune. Their stay and food arrangements, everything was done by the franchise. Also they were given CSK jerseys,” Jadeja said.

After three seasons, MS Dhoni’s CSK are back at their den – home ground of MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, and Jadeja says he can feel the buzz even during training sessions.

“This time at 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 comes to watch us practice,” Jadeja added.

“Complete one stand gets filled and cheer for us till the time we practice. It will be lot more exciting this time because we haven’t played at our home ground since few years and Mahi Bhai is back this season, so it’ll be a big occasion for fans to see him in Chennai.”

Jadeja and CSK will be in action on Monday (April 17) when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore in match 24 of IPL 2023 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

(With PTI Inputs)

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