There is absolutely no clarity over the future of MS Dhoni. The former India skipper has not played a single competitive game since the 2019 World Cup semi-final in July and will turn 40 next year. With age not on his side and him being nowhere close to returning to the Indian tea, speculations are rife over his cricket future.
However, Kasi Viswanathan, the Chennai Super Kings CEO, has made it clear that MS Dhoni’s IPL is nowhere close to an end. He stated that the Chennai Super Kings skipper will be part of the franchise for the 2021 and 2022 IPLs.
“Yes. We can expect MS Dhoni to be part of both (IPL 2020 and 2021) and probably for even the next year – 2022,” Viswanathan told indiatoday.in.
Earlier in January this year, N Srinivasan, the vice-chairman and managing director of India Cements, owners of the Super Kings franchise, said MS Dhoni would be retained by the team going into the mega auction for the 2021 IPL.
MS Dhoni’s future has been a major talking point in the last one year or so. Even before the World Cup ended, there were rumours that the former India skipper would retire after the completion of the tournament. However, MS Dhoni sprung a big surprise by taking an indefinite sabbatical from the game. He was also cut from BCCI’s central contracts list in January.
However in March, the Super Kings captain resumed proper training at Chepauk before the Covid-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the IPL to September-November in the UAE. Now only time will tell how MS Dhoni’s future with Team India pans out. But his future in IPL is pretty much clear now.
The wicketkeeper-batsman recently resumed his training sessions at the indoor academy in his hometown Ranchi and is set to be part of a group of about 15 Indian players in the short camp from August 16 to 20, planned by the Super Kings at Chepauk. Following that, the team will leave for UAE to play in the thirteenth edition of the IPL.