The Chennai Super Kings-owned 2021 IPL is believed to be not MS Dhoni’s swan song as a cricketer and the team captain will play at least another season before saying goodbye to ‘home’ fans in Chepauk.
When asked if this IPL is the last for Dhoni as a cricketer, a CSK insider said, “I don’t think so.” “Suppose he wants to play his last game in Chepauk, which is very likely,” he told The Indian Express.
It has been following mixed signals from the former India captain for the past two days. At the India Cements function on Tuesday, Dhoni hinted that he would lead CSK next season as well. When asked by a fan, he said: “When it comes to farewell, you can come and watch me play for CSK and it could be my farewell game. So you have a chance to say goodbye to me. Can meet. “
However, on Thursday, before the CSK match against the Punjab Kings, when Star Sports commentator Danny Morrison asked Dhoni about his future plans in the toss, the CSK captain replied: “You will see me in yellow next season but you never know if I will be playing for CSK. A lot of uncertainties are coming; Two new teams are coming … we don’t know what the retention rules are.
Two new teams will join the IPL next year and a full auction is scheduled. The IPL governing body comes forward with a retention policy; How many players each franchise is allowed to retain, at the corresponding price tags. According to a source, Dhoni has kept the CSK management in the loop about his future plans.
Dhoni retired from international cricket on August 15 last year but continued as a CSK player. However, as a batsman, he has cast a shadow over his past two seasons. This year is particularly similar to -99 runs from 14 matches at 13.71, with a strike rate of 95.04. His career T20 strike rate is 134.18. But he again led his team to another IPL playoffs. Also, the 40-year-old has captained his team to three IPL titles.
Dhoni has no employee-employer relationship with his franchise. Last year, during a conversation with this paper, CSK Supreme and former BCCI president N Srinivasan spoke fully about how Dhoni would decide to become a CSK player. “He can play for CSK as long as he wants,” Srinivasan said. “I do not know how the bond between him and Tamil Nadu and Chennai has developed. One of the reasons CSK’s success is that he never thinks beyond the match. He never gets worse. “