Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, MS Dhoni, has confirmed that he will be playing for the franchise and leading in the IPL 2023 season.
At the toss for the final game of CSK’s season against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in IPL 2022, Dhoni revealed that he plans on being with the team and hopes to play in front of the Chennai crowd.
“Definitely. It’s a simple reason, it will be unfair to not play in Chennai and say thank you. Mumbai is one place, where as a team and as an individual I have got a lot of love and affection. But it wouldn’t be nice to the CSK fans.”
“And also, hopefully, next year there will be an opportunity where the teams will be travelling so it will be like a thank you to all the different places where we will be playing games at different venues,” Dhoni was quoted as saying after winning the toss.
“Whether it will be my last year or not that’s a big question” – MS Dhoni
At the same time, the legendary skipper wasn’t sure whether it would be his last as a player altogether. Considering the 40-year-old is still one of the fittest players in the cricketing world, fans will hope he can carry on.
“Whether it will be my last year or not that’s a big question because you know we can’t really predict about something two years down the line, but definitely I’ll be working hard to come back strong next year,” Dhoni added.
Meanwhile, CSK is in 9th place in the IPL 2022 season and they have been knocked out of contention for a playoff spot. In their final game, Ambati Rayudu was brought back into the playing XI after his retirement fiasco last week.
CSK playing XI against RR: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni(w/c), Mitchell Santner, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Matheesha Pathirana, Mukesh Choudhary