Dhoni hints at playing IPL 2022

Chennai Super Kings’s (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni has hinted that he will play for the Yellow Brigade for at least one more Indian Premier League (IPL) season by saying that his fans can see him play a ‘farewell game’ in Chennai next year.

Dhoni may have retired from the international format but is continuing to display his skill and abilities in the IPL and even as many of his fans still want to see their charismatic leader on the field, a big question still remains unanswered as till when the World Cup winning captain will continue to play in the cash-rich league.

However, Dhoni, 40, in an event celebrating 75 years of India Cements, said that he hopes to play his last match in Chennai.

“When it comes to farewell, you can still come and see me play for CSK and that can be my farewell game. So, you will still get that opportunity to bid me farewell. Hopefully, we will come to Chennai and play my last game over there and we can meet the fans there,” Dhoni said while interacting with fans during the virtual event.

Replying to a fan’s question on his decision to retire from international cricket on August 15 last year, Dhoni said: “It can’t be a better day than that, 15th of August.”

Talking about CSK’s ability to remain composed in crunch situations in big matches, the CSK skipper said: “We try to keep it as normal as possible. We try to prepare well by having enough sleep and prepare for the opposition we are playing against.”

“We are a process-driven team and we know that if we follow the process if we execute the plans well if we do the small things right, we will get the desired result, we know the result is a byproduct and that also keeps us calm.

“We live in the moment and enjoy each other’s company. We know that if we play to our potential, we can beat the opposition. If the opposition has to beat us, they have to play better cricket,” he concluded.

In the ongoing season, three-time champions CSK are currently sitting on the second spot with 18 points.

Even as there is no doubt over Dhoni’s abilities as a captain, his batting has struggled, especially in the last two IPL seasons as he could manage only 200 runs from 14 matches in the 2020 season while in the ongoing season, he could only gather merely 84 runs from 13 games.

Recently, Dhoni, who retired from international cricket last year, was appointed mentor of Team India for the upcoming T20 World Cup, starting October 17 in the UAE.

Last month, Dhoni’s appointment as Team India’s mentor for the showpiece event was made official by BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

Shah, while announcing the India squad, had said that Dhoni was keen on contributing to the senior national team and his appointment as a mentor was only for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“Mr Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be joining Team India as mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup. I am glad that MS has accepted BCCI’s offer and he is keen to contribute to the national team once again. MS will work closely with Mr Ravi Shastri as well as other support staff to provide support and direction to Team India,” Shah had said.

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