IPL has helped deal with sledging - MS Dhoni
The cash-rich IPL which is now slated to enter into its ninth edition, has become a platform for various international players to play under one umbrella.
Dhoni, who is the captain of the now suspended Chennai Super Kings franchise in the IPL stressed on the importance of winning games in the right way.
"We play a gentleman's game.
“We want to win, but have to do it in the right way.
“IPL has taken the ugly sledging away from cricket.
“Friendly banter is good and that's what these Twenty20 league has done.
“Really helped the cricketers in streamlining in what was known as sledging,"
Observing that IPL has brought cricketers closer, Dhoni felt that his relations with cricketers across the globe has improved because of the Twenty20 League.
"IPL has helped us a lot to deal with it (sledging).
“IPL has helped different players from different cultures come together and share the same dressing room.
“IPL got me closer to many individuals, whom I might not have interacted with otherwise.
"I don't even interact with Indian players in IPL fearing what their team's policy might be, so I take care of all these things.
“But my equation with many players has improved just because of IPL.”
Hard-hitting Caribbean batsman, Chris Gayle, who was present with Dhoni at a promotional event also agreed with the view of the Indian captain.
Gayle also revealed that he loved having the little banters with his West Indian teammates in a friendly manner, especially Kieron Pollard.
"I agree with MS about IPL,” said Gayle.
“IPL has done wonders for the entire cricket fraternity.
“Yes, there is friendly sledging, like I enjoy with (Kieron) Pollard -- Mumbai Indians player -- but otherwise it's cool.
"I got to know (Mitchell) Starc through IPL.
“He is a totally different player in the dressing room.
“He is very quiet and very reserved, but (it) was good to know him."
With the Chennai and Rajasthan franchises currently suspended for two years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is slated to invite bids for two new franchises for the 2016 and 2017 editions of the IPL.
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