Over the last two years, MS Dhoni’s name has been making the headlines for one reason or the other, be it India’s disastrous overseas tours or his defensive and unimaginative captaincy or the stunning Champions Trophy 2013 victory, or the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal. Considering all these, it would not be entirely surprising if he indeed decides to quit from the aforementioned roles.
Fed up with his name being tarnished in the media every passing day, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s telephone conversation with N Srinivasan, now suspended by the Supreme Court as the BCCI chief, andsays that Dhoni has allegedly offered to quit from his roles as the captain of the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings and as the vice-president of India Cements Limited, a Srinivasan-owned company, if reports from Times of India are to be trusted.
Dhoni’s name came up during a hearing of the IPL scam case in the Supreme Court on Thursday. Aditya Verma, the petitioner from the Cricket Association of Bihar and Harish Salve, had alleged the India skipper of making a false statement before an inquiry committee appointed by the Supreme Court for describing Gurunath Meiyappan as a cricket enthusiast. Gurunath was the former principal of CSK and was arrested for his involvement in betting and spot-fixing during the IPL matches. On Friday, the BCCI senior counsel Mr. A. Sundaram defended Dhoni saying he did not lie when he deposed in front of the IPL probe panel.
In the past, Dhoni has also been charged with conflict of interest. The Indian skipper is employed by Indian Cements, the company which owns CSK. Corrupted former BCCI president N. Srinivasan is the Managing Director of this company. MS Dhoni has successfully led Chennai Super Kings in the first six editions where he led the team to two IPL titles and a CLT20 title.
If Dhoni decides to quit captaincy, Suresh Raina is likely to take over as the skipper. There are also many options for the team management to choose the heir apparent for MS Dhoni. The likes of Brendon McCullam or Faf du Plessis will be a good choice as both these players have captained their international sides in the past and have some experience under their belt.