Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan said MS Dhoni will play for the franchise in the IPL beyond this season after the iconic player relinquished the captaincy role and handed over the reins to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
On Thursday, Dhoni stepped down from CSK’s captaincy post after leading the four-time IPL champions in 213 IPl matches across 12 seasons of IPL. CSK won four IPL titles (2010, 2011, 2018 & 2021) and two Champions League T20 trophies (2010 and 2014).
MS Dhoni paves the way for Ravindra Jadeja to lead CSK in IPL 2022
“MS Dhoni has decided to hand over the leadership of Chennai Super Kings and picked Ravindra Jadeja to lead the team. Jadeja, who has been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings since 2012, will only be the third player to lead CSK. Dhoni will continue to represent Chennai Super Kings this season and beyond,” a statement from CSK read.
During the IPL 2022 players’ retention list, the 40-year-old Dhoni had pushed himself in the second spot as he settled with the amount of INR 12 crore and allowed Jadeja to be retained as the franchise’s first choice player (INR 16 crore).
CSK CEO reveals MS Dhoni’s future with the franchise beyond IPL 2022
After Dhoni’s decision to hand over the captaincy reins, many of his fans will be disquieted about his future with CSK and the tournament after the end of this season. However, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan reiterated the official statement of the franchise and said the four-time IPL winning skipper will continue to play for the Yellow Army beyond IPL 2022.
“No, I don’t think (this is going to be his last season). He will carry on,” Viswanathan told The Indian Express.
The CSK CEO also mentioned that Dhoni’s move to give up captaincy and name Jadeja his successor wasn’t a sudden decision but was planned beforehand.
“MS Dhoni was thinking about it. He felt it is the right time to hand over captaincy to Jaddu [Jadeja]. He feels Jaddu is also in prime form of his career and it is the ideal time for him lead CSK. What will be good for the franchise must be [in the] back of his mind,” Viswanathan told ESPNcricinfo.
It would be amazing for everyone to see Dhoni purely as a player in CSK colours for the first time in IPL. The last time Dhoni played just as a player was in IPL 2017 when he played for now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant under Australian player Steve Smith’s leadership.