Chennai Super Kings’ owner N Srinivasan has all but confirmed that MS Dhoni is not retiring anytime soon as he announced that their captain will be playing in IPL 2021 as well. Making the mega announcement during an event, Srinivasan also announced that the franchise will retain Dhoni for the 14th season of the league.
Dhoni has been part of CSK in every season that the franchise has been part of. He has also led the team in every game he has played for CSK and Dhoni is the biggest name in the franchise. Even after retirement, he is expected to be associated with the franchise in one or the other role.
“MS Dhoni will play this year. And next year he will be in the auction and he will be retained.”
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The announcement also means Dhoni, even if he retires from international cricket, will continue to play IPL. It is to be noted that when everyone thought that Dhoni might retire in 2019, it was Srinivasan who announced that Dhoni will be part of IPL 2020, a tournament which can very well see him make his comeback in the national team for T20 World Cup to be played later this year.
Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, on occasions, has said that Dhoni will be part of the national squad for the quadrennial tournament if he does well in the T20 tournament which starts in March.
Dhoni hasn’t played any form of cricket since July 2019 – he last played against New Zealand in World Cup 2019. He was expected to call it quits after the tournament but since India are yet to find a suitable replacement for him, he hasn’t taken a final call yet.
Rishabh Pant is yet to fix is spot while Sanju Samson has only got one chance since his comeback. KL Rahul remains to be an option for the wicket-keeping job but he will only be given a consistent run after the team management moves on from Rishabh.
Dhoni, meanwhile, has started training for IPL as he recently took part in a net session with Jharkhand Ranji Trophy team. Although he will not be part of the match as Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in 2014.