Chennai Super Kings’ success mantra is a “trade secret” revealing which could leave Mahendra Singh Dhoni unsold at the IPL auctions, says the talisman.

“If I tell everyone what it is (CSK’s mantra of success), then they won’t buy me at the auctions. It’s a trade secret,” Dhoni said cheekily after CSK’s six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad and their 97th overall.

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Dhoni has led his team to glory three times in the Indian Premier League (2018, 2011 and 2010) and under him, CSK have qualified for the playoffs in every season of the league, barring in 2016 and 2017, when it was not part of the IPL.

“The crowd support and franchise support are key of course. Huge credit has to also go to the support staff who play a huge role in keeping the team atmosphere good for the team and other individuals.

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“Other than this, I can’t reveal anything till I retire. It’s alright, not showing signs of getting worse. With the World Cup coming, I need to be careful as that comes first,” the 37-year-old said.

CSK, sitting pretty on top with 16 points from 11 games, will next lock horns with Mumbai Indians on Friday.

CSK have lost only three off its 11 matches in this season.

Dhoni has led CSK in 155 matches and won 97 while losing 57. In 10 matches for CSK this season, he has been their top-scorer with 314 runs at an average of 104.66 and a strike rate of 137.11.