MS Dhoni and Chennai – It is a lovely bond that IPL gave to Indian cricket which will be remembered by generations to come. When all the franchises were choosing their captains ahead of the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League way back in 2008, CSK did not really have a representative from their state. While Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly went to Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata respectively, Chennai showed their trust on Ranchi’s MS Dhoni.
And the flamboyant wicketkeeper certainly did not disappoint! Having seen the highs and lows of the franchise over the years, MSD became a special part of cricket fans in Chennai as he became ‘Thala’ for the Yellow Army. He led them to 4 IPL titles and as he approaches the twilight of his cricket career, he talked openly about his future.
During an event on Saturday, where CSK’s IPL 2021 triumph is being celebrated, the 40-year-old looked quite emotional as he broke silence on his plans for next year. On being asked about his participation in IPL next year, he admitted that he is yet to take a decision on the same.
However, there was one statement which he made that made the day for all the CSK fans. “I have always planned my cricket. The last game that I played was at my hometown in Ranchi (India vs Australia 3rd ODI in 2019). So hopefully, my last T20 will be in Chennai,” stated Dhoni amid loud cheers and applause from the crowd.
In a cheeky way, he added, “Whether it’s next year or in 5 years time, we don’t really know,” presumably hinting towards the fact that he will hang up his boots on his cricket career at Chepauk Stadium whether in an IPL game or an exhibition match.
The word given by Thala on Saturday has sent the social media, along with the whole city of Chennai, on fire as Dhoni is someone who never really breaks his promises.