MS Dhoni might have retired from international cricket; however, his stature remains the same as it was. The fans will get to see him in action during the upcoming edition of the IPL in the UAE, leading the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, Aakash Chopra has predicted the future of the franchise after the skipper retires from the extravaganza.
MS Dhoni is one of the successful skippers in the IPL, who has captained the CSK in all the seasons and guided them to three titles. Even as the current campaign of the yellow army has undergone various troubles, the 39-year old has looked unfazed and eyes a fourth IPL trophy. Their thirteen personnel tested positive for COVID-19 after which the likes of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh pulled out of the tournament.
Aakash Chopra reckons that the franchise will deplete if MS Dhoni is not present; hence, the problem will persist. Aakash remains confident at some stage; the keeper-batsman will walk away and for CSK, it would be a massive loss since none could manage the team, as well as the present skipper, has.
“The franchise will become half if Dhoni the captain and Dhoni the player is not there. So this problem will be there with this team. At some stage he will call it quits, then Chennai Super Kings will be at a huge loss even if not being half the side. Because the way that team has been managed by Dhoni, no one can do that,” Chopra stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“I do feel that whoever becomes the next captain or plays for CSK, will have MS Dhoni’s protection” : Aakash Chopra
The 42-year old added that the one who follows would have MS Dhoni’s entire backing since the franchise is inseparable from him. Hence, the former Indian cricketer reckons that the 39-year old would remain with the franchise in some way.
“I do feel that whoever becomes the next captain or plays for CSK, will have MS Dhoni’s protection. Because Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings is a marriage made in heaven. So he will be there, if not a captain, as a brand ambassador or mentor, he will be there in the Chennai Super Kings’ dugout is what I feel and they will need him,” he added.