MS Dhoni’s future at Chennai Super Kings has been the subject of much speculation, especially with the CSK diver distributing mixed signals over the past week. With a mega auction lined up ahead of the next IPL season, whether CSK puts their faith on Dhoni is yet to be seen, but at this point, with the former India captain reaching 40 and not contributing much with the bat, Dhoni’s hope a return for CSK looks unlikely.
That said, if insider sources are to be believed, this is not the last for the world to see on Dhoni in CSK. The franchise managers are assured that Dhoni will get one last run with the franchise and return to play at his home in Chepauk before bidding adieu.
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“I don’t believe it. Think he’d like to play his last game in Chepauk, which is very likely,” The Indian Express quoted a CSK insider as saying.
The uncertainty of what the future holds for Dhoni has received enormous attention, more so over the past week, when the CSK captain made conflicting comments. During a function organized by India Cements, when a fan asked Dhoni for his farewell, the decorated captain suggested he stay on board.
“When the farewell comes, you can come and see me play for CSK and that can be my farewell game. So you will have the opportunity to say goodbye to me. Hopefully we will come to Chennai and play my last game there. and (I can) meet all the fans, ”Dhoni had said.
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However, on Tuesday, Dhoni appears to have taken a u-turn from the statement. When asked by Danny Morrison, a former New Zealand fast bowler, while throwing a CSK vs Punjab Kings match, who will return for CSK next season, Dhoni said: “You will see me in yellow next season but will I play for CSK not you never know. There’s a lot of uncertainty coming up; two new teams are coming … We don’t know what the retention rules and so forth are. “
Ever since Dhoni retired from international cricket in August 15, 2020, he has only played for CSK. While last season, Dhoni scored just 200 runs from 14 games – statistically his worst as a batsman, IPL 2020 proved even worse. In the 14 league games this season, Dhoni has caught just 96 runs, and with at least two more games to go, it seems doubtful whether he will be able to improve his numbers from the previous season.