Several speculations had emerged in IPL 2020 that Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni could be playing his final tournament. MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from international cricket in August last year, a year after playing his last match for India. Nevertheless, a firm ‘definitely not’ from the keeper-batsman before one of the IPL games when asked about his farewell after the current edition managed to put it to rest. With the issue having resurfaced ahead of IPL 2021, Chennai Super Kings’ CEO has responded to the same.
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni was not at his best in the previous IPL edition as he struggled with the bat for the most part. The right-handed keeper-batsman managed only 200 runs in 14 games at 25, keeping a strike rate of 116.28. The Indian captain, who is often known for his power-hitting skills, especially during his death overs, could not conjure the same magic. As a result, the Super Kings also endured their worst IPL season in history.
The yellow army and the three-time champions failed to reach the playoffs for the first time, finishing seventh in the points table. While the Super Kings conjured some victories towards the backend of the edition, it was not enough for them to sneak through to the playoffs. But the management and the franchise decided to retain MS Dhoni as captain, having shown consistency throughout the history.
See, I don’t think it is going to be MS Dhoni’s final year: Kasi Viswanathan
Chennai Super Kings’ CEO Kasi Viswanathan remarked that it would most likely not be MS Dhoni’s final year in IPL and underlined that they are not looking at anyone to replace him.
“See, I don’t think it is going to be his final year. This is my personal view and I don’t think we are looking at anybody now,” Viswanathan told the Indian Express.