With a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) sit at the top of the table with 10 points from six matches. SRH, on the other hand, are in struggling at the moment, having picked up just a win from their six matches so far.
CSK finished in seventh place last season, missing out on the playoffs for the first time. But Dhoni says that was due to the 5-6 months of not playing cricket and also the long quarantine periods. He is, however, pleased with the way each player has taken the responsibility this season.
"Whenever you start the tournament, you may or may not face issues in playing XI. The earlier you settle the better. Another factor was for 5-6 months, we were out of cricket. Nothing was allowed. That also makes it difficult. Change of quarantine was slightly longer. A lot of factors," said Dhoni.
"Overall, if I have to sum it up, the players have taken more responsibility this year."
Dhoni also praised those who are not getting regular game time. "You will be facing adverse things but ultimately it boils down to how each individual rises to the occasion and gives the extra 10 percent for the team. Last 8-10 years, we've not changed a lot of players so they know our approach," he said.
"Also, we appreciate the players not playing a lot. The only way you can put it forward is by having those nice interactions. Just try to have the frame of mind where if you get the opportunity you'll be ready.
"Keeping the dressing room atmosphere healthy is important. It's not an easy thing. When you're at the top level, you want to play. Have to give extra credit to the players who've not played so far," he explained.
CSK will look to keep their good run in IPL 2021 as they look to tame defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in their next game on Saturday (May 1).