In a massive statement ahead of IPL 2021, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan has hinted that the upcoming edition of the T20 tournament may not be the last one for legendary cricketer MS Dhoni. While MSD had retired from international cricket in August last year, he continues to lead the Chennai franchise in the IPL. Viswanathan also said that they haven’t yet started to look at a successor for Dhoni and are confident that he will continue to lead the side even in the subsequent edition.
CSK CEO (in Indian Express) said "I don't think this is going to be the final year of MS Dhoni – this is my personal view and we are not looking at anyone as successor right now".
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We believe in our process: Viswanathan
The franchise CEO further said that the team continues to believe in its process despite the disappointing result in IPL 2020. He suggested that while a couple of key players pulled out of the tournament last year, a few got infected with COVID-19 before the start of the tournament, things which were not under their control. However, this year everything seems to be going according to the plan.
“We have a process set before we start a tournament. So we did the process for last year’s tournament also. It so happened that we missed some of our best players, and a couple of them got infected by Covid. Those (the situation) were beyond our reach. Now the team is in good shape,” Viswanathan was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
“The process has been good. They have been having practice sessions for the last 15-20 days. And we believe in our process. The captain is very clear – you should do the process properly and if the process is fine, the results will come,” he added.
Definitely not- a quote made by MS Dhoni
Last year there were similar speculations regarding Dhoni’s retirement. Responding to Danny Morrison’s question of whether it would be his last game in yellow at the toss of Chennai’s last league game in 2020, Dhoni had famously said “Definitely not” and rested his case. While MS did not have a good season with the bat last year, scoring 200 runs in 14 matches, he will be eager to get back to being the master finisher the world is used to watching and expecting from him.
CSK will take on Delhi Capitals in their first game on April 10.