MS Dhoni confirmed on Sunday that Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is 'certainly' not his last season with the Chennai Super Kings. Dhoni was asked if the final league match against Kings XI Punjab would be his "last game in yellow".
MS Dhoni was quick to respond: 'Definitely not'. Those two words have certainly come as a huge relief as well as a delight for fans of Chennai Super Kings after the 3-time winner's surprisingly ordinary season in IPL 2020.
"Nah," said Dhoni when presenter, Danny Morrison repeated the question to the CSK captain.November 1, 2020
MS Dhoni retired from international cricket with an unforeseen announcement when India was celebrating her 75th Independence Day on August 15. The World Cup-winning former India captain had reached Chennai for a training camp in the lead up to IPL 2020 before he made the announcement with a simple yet nostalgic Instagram post.
Speculations were rife about MS Dhoni's IPL future as the aging CSK side suffered their worst season ever. CSK have been eliminated from the play-offs race for the first time in the history of IPL with just 5 wins from 13 matches.
However, Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan, speaking to indiatoday.in even before the start of the season, expressed confidence that MS Dhoni would continue playing for the franchise even in IPL 2022.
"We can expect MS Dhoni to be part of both (IPL 2020 and 2021) and probably for even the next year. 2022," Viswanathan had said.
MS Dhoni is fondly called as 'Thala' by the fans of Chennai Super Kings as the Ranchi wicketkeeper-batsman developed a special bond with the franchise and its fans. Dhoni had led CSK to the final in the inaugural edition of IPL and has won 3 titles with the franchise.
Following their comeback from a 2-year suspension in 2018, Dhoni led CSK to glory in IPL 2018. CSK missed the IPL 2019 title by the finest of margins, losing a last-over thriller in the final to arch-rivals Mumbai Indians.
However, Chennai Super Kings' form took a hit in IPL 2020 as several of their stars returned to competitive action after a long break in the wake of the pandemic. MS Dhoni himself returned to action more than a year after he played his last competitive match.
Dhoni's form has been a cause for concern in IPL 2020 as he has managed just 200 runs from 13 matches. Dhoni might finish an IPL season without a fifty for the first time in his career if he fails to do so in CSK's final league game against KXIP.
Meanwhile, batting great Kumar Sangakkara had opined that MS Dhoni should return to competitive cricket before IPL 2021 to make sure he is in form when he returns to lead the Chennai Super Kings.