Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made a big statement regarding his stint in the Indian Premier League. While he has already retired from international cricket in 2020, he is continuing to play for his franchise Chennai Super Kings in IPL.
However, before the start of Chennai's last league match against Punjab Kings on Thursday, Dhoni made a big revelation when he said that his future in yellow as a player is uncertain owing to the retention policy ahead of the mega auctions set to happen later this year.
However, Chennai have already qualified for the Playoffs this season and Dhoni's latest remark suggests that this could be his last year as a player in the franchise, having already led the side successfully to three titles. Given that this could be his last IPL, Dhoni would want to finish on a high and lead the team to a record fourth IPL win.
Notably, CSK have been led by MS Dhoni in every season they have participated in the competition and both of them have been synonymous to each other. Such has been this collaboration that it is difficult for the franchise fans to imagine the team without Dhoni.
Dhoni to be Team India mentor in T20 World Cup 2021
While Dhoni has achieved everything there is to achieve in a cricketing career both with the national team and as well as with his IPL franchise, in this stage of his career, he is also playing a mentor role to perfection. Dhoni, who stays away from social media himself, is advising the same to the youngsters in the squad and encouraging them to keep their focus on the process rather than the results. Ruturaj Gaikwad has been the biggest beneficiary, having scored over 500 runs in 13 matches.
Ever since MSD agreed to be the Team India mentor for the T20 World Cup, there were speculations over his future in CSK since that would have been a direct conflict of interest. One thing seems certain now that whether or not Dhoni dons the yellow jersey as a player in IPL 2022, he will be around in some capacity for the Chennai Super Kings.