MS Dhoni: I will play IPL next year, will be unfair not to say thank you to Chennai: MS Dhoni

Two-time World Cup-winning Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday said he will “definitely” play in the IPL next year as not doing so would be “unfair” for the city after which Chennai Super Kings were named. Treats them like himself. Simultaneously, the 40-year-old Dhoni put an end to the speculations of participating in the lucrative league next season.

“Definitely, I will play next year. It would be unfair not to say thank you to Chennai for not playing in Chennai. It will not bode well for CSK fans,” Dhoni said during the toss for CSK’s final match. The ongoing season against Rajasthan Royals.

“Whether or not 2023 will be my last year is something we’ll have to see.”

Former India fans know no bounds and a while back, a social media post of a fan in Chennai Super Kings yellow in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu with pictures of Dhoni went viral.

Two days back, Dhoni’s heartfelt reply to a letter from a distraught CSK fan won hearts.

Four-time champions CSK ended one of their worst IPL campaigns as they crashed out of the play-off spot early in the season.

Most of CSK’s senior players like Dhoni (206 runs), Ambati Rayudu (271) and Robin Uthappa (230) haven’t had a great IPL and this has been the biggest failure of the ‘Yellow Brigade’.

The bowling suffered a lot due to the absence of injured Deepak Chahar and the inability to retain Josh Hazlewood.

It was very thin in terms of experience and they paid the price. Mathisha Pathirana, with a sling action similar to that of Lasith Malinga, has captured Dhoni’s imagination, but he is a work in progress.

Similarly, players like Mukesh (16 wickets), Simar (3 wickets) and spinner Mahesh Thekshana (12) are good but not match winners yet.

There was also speculation of a rift in the CSK camp after Ravindra Jadeja and the franchise decided to unfollow each other on social media platforms after they stepped down from the captaincy and left the bubble citing injury.

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