Chennai Super Kings failed to defend their title as they went down against Mumbai Indians by one run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Soon after the season got over, there were speculations whether Chennai skipper MS Dhoni will continue playing in the IPL. While Dhoni himself didn’t confirm his availability, Chennai CEO Kasi Viswanathan has cleared all the air.
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Shane Watson played a knock of 80 runs during their chase of 150 runs set by Mumbai at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Mumbai dominated the game throughout the game before capitalised on the lost chances to shift the momentum in the last five overs. He took two 20-run over off Lasith Malinga and Krunal Pandya to bring down the required rate. But an outstanding last over from Malinga and dismissal of the former Aussie cricketer in the fourth guided Mumbai to the title.
Soon after the match ended, speculations rose about MS Dhoni’s participation in the next edition of the IPL. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, former India skipper gave a dicy answer about his availability.
“Hopefully, yes,” Dhoni had after the pinnacle clash.
His statement raised a doubt in the mind of the Chennai Super Kings fans about a possibility of MS Dhoni announcing his retirement prior to the next season. But the CEO of the Chennai, Kasi Vishwanathan, in an interview with the New Indian Express, said that the star cricketer is most likely to return the side in IPL 2020.
“We are confident he will come back. In the last two years, there were talks that he is not batting well, but statistically, he has had two great years. He had a stellar last season, and this time he did even better. And knowing him, he would do that for India in the World Cup too. He will definitely come back,” Viswanathan said.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni will be seen next in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. India will begin their campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Southampton and Dhoni will play a crucial role in shaping India’s future in the marquee event. The veteran cricketer has been in good form since the start of 2019 and will hope to keep up the good world in what will be his last World Cup.