After surprising the cricket world with his sudden decision to announce retirement from international cricket, MS Dhoni could also reportedly retire from all forms of the game. The former India skipper, on Saturday, brought down curtains on his illustrious international career.
While his future in international cricket was a major talking point for more than a year now, not many were expecting him to announce his retirement all of a sudden. MS Dhoni will be seen in action soon when the IPL starts next month in UAE. The 38-year old has not played any competitive game since last year’s World Cup ended in July.
And if reports are to be believed then, he could announce retirement from all forms of the game after IPL 2020. As per a report in the Times of India, MS Dhoni could actually quit the sport entirely as a player with an IPL trophy in hand this term.
“No idea where that one came from. But that’s MSD, isn’t it,” a senior Super Kings official told the news outlet.
“T20 World Cup would’ve been ideal, but considering that’s not happening now, he’ll want to walk away with an IPL trophy for CSK,” he added.
The report further stated that the Chennai Super Kings skipper was looking to hang up his boots after this year’s T20 World Cup, which was supposed to take place in Australia but the COVID-19 pandemic saw it being postponed.
“That was the original plan. He would prepare for the T20 World Cup by way of participating in the IPL and then go forward from there. All of that got disrupted by Covid,” say those in the know.
“The commercial arrangements were due to arrive at a certain inflexion point post the T20 World Cup and that would’ve eventually seen his exit anyway.
“He just fell short of another proverbial crease because T20 was supposed to be his final swansong,” the friend added.
MS Dhoni has been leading Chennai Super Kings since the inaugural season and has led the franchise to three titles. Under him, the Super Kings have made it to the playoffs in all the seasons they have played so far. Last year, they made it to the final where they lost to Mumbai Indians.
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