Kasi Viswanathan, the Chennai Super Kings CEO, is confident that captain MS Dhoni will continue playing in the IPL for a season or two more.
MS Dhoni retired from international cricket last year in August – before that he hadn’t played an international game for a year, since the 2019 World Cup semi-final loss against New Zealand.
He continues to feature in the IPL though. The Ranchi-born, who has captained CSK to three IPL titles so far led the side last season in the UAE, where the team endured their worst-ever season in the IPL, not making the playoffs for the first time since the tournament’s inception in 2008.
However, CSK stormed back in IPL 2021 with 5 wins in 7 matches and sit at the second position on the points table before the tournament was suspended.
We feel MS Dhoni is still good and brings value as a player to the side: CEO Kasi Viswanathan
While CSK has fared brilliantly so far in IPL 2021, MS Dhoni, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, hasn’t shined with the bat for two seasons now – 200 runs in the entire season last year and 37 runs in 4 innings this year. Clearly, his batting prowess has been on the wane for a while now.
However, Kasi Viswanathan reckons the former India captain brings a lot more to the team than just his batting or captaincy on the field. He says that MS Dhoni is an important figure in the dressing room, and has contributed immensely in different ways to the success of CSK.
“He can continue for another one or two years with CSK. He is fully fit, trains a lot. Don’t see any reason why he should stop,” Kasi Viswanathan told IANS.
“As far we are concerned, we are happy for what he is doing for CSK. It is not just about his captaincy or the fact that he is guide or a leader as the most experienced player. We feel he is still good and brings value as a player to the side. He has been a finisher and is doing that for us,” added Viswanathan.
The second phase of the IPL 2021 is set to take place in the UAE in September-October. It remains to be seen if the likes of Moeen Ali and Sam Curran, both of whom have been significant contributors to the team’s wins this season, are given permission by the ECB.