The management of the Chennai Super Kings believes that their talisman skipper, respectfully known by the fans as "Thala," will play in the IPL for at least one more season despite the fact that MS Dhoni has kept everyone guessing about his impending retirement.
The franchise's CEO Kasi Viswanathan said, "That is my guess, hunch," following CSK's match versus Kolkata Knight Riders, which is technically the team's final home game of the year. He hasn't indicated either way, but given how he performed and led the team, Viswanathan added, "I personally believe he will play next year as well."
Dhoni has a talent for shocking fans when he announces his retirement. In Australia in 2014, his superannuation from Test cricket was abruptly declared, catching everyone off guard, including visiting teammates and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials.
He retired from international cricket one lovely August evening in 2020 after keeping everyone on edge for a very long time. Even the announcement's time, 7.29 PM, was his decision. It was then discovered that the time was August 15, just before sunset. He would later remark to friends, "No better day than the Independence Day to retire from international cricket."
Dhoni had earlier promised to play his final IPL game at home in Chennai. CSK, who had been away from home for three years, played their final home game on Sunday night, but there is a good chance they may return to the Chepauk later. The two play-off games will be held in the stadium, therefore theoretically CSK still has a chance to win the site.
They can make the playoffs with 15 points from 13 games, barring an unexpected turn of events in the final round of league games. On Saturday in the early afternoon, CSK plays their final match. For the record, on Sunday night the CSK players completed a lap of honor for the supporters around Chepauk.
Dhoni did no harm to his reputation as a player during the IPL; he managed the team admirably and was successful in getting the best performance from a few rookies, namely Matheesha Pathirana and Tushar Deshpande. When the Mumbai duo was playing for different clubs, he even motivated players like Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube to put up heroic displays.
He personally overcame a questionable knee, kept wickets efficiently, and while scoring just 98 runs, hammered 10 sixes and maintained a high strike rate (almost 200), which is essential for someone batting at No. 7 or 8. Every stadium where he appeared drew sizable audiences, with CSK supporters always outnumbering those of the home team when the squad traveled. In actuality, Dhoni frenzy spread throughout the IPL venues. He made a strong argument for playing another season despite turning 42 the following year, and the CSK management is also in favor of him doing so.
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