MS Dhoni Backed to Cause Mega Bidding War in Next IPL Auction
With IPL contract of the majority of the players set to end next year, the next auction is set to be the biggest one since the inaugural one in 2008.
While there is still no confirmation on whether the franchises will be allowed to retain any player, one thing is sure that the records are going to tumble as all the teams will be desperate to build a strong team.
Only time will tell about the big players who will be available in the auction, but one of the most major attractions in the upcoming bidding war will be Mahendra Singh Dhoni. One of the most successful captains in the history of the IPL, Dhoni captained Chennai Super Kings for the first eight seasons before his successful association came to an end when the franchise got suspended for a couple of years on corruption charges.
As a result, he had to play the last two seasons for Rising Pune Supergiant, but with the Super Kings set to return to the tournament next year, the Supergiant will not play the next edition, and consequently, Dhoni will be available for all the franchises.
And the World Cup-winning skipper has been backed by brand guru Harish Bijoor and former India cricketer Nikhil Chopra to cause a massive bidding war in next season’s mega IPL auction.
“I think MS is one of the hottest properties in Indian sports. In recent memory, there are hardly any cricketers of Dhoni’s stature, and he is an icon. Dhoni has steered the Chennai Super Kings over the years. His captaincy with India & performances on a continuous basis are unmatchable in Indian cricket, stars come & go, but few retain their value like MS Dhoni. In the current Indian team, only Virat Kohli can be compared to MS Dhoni. In terms of brand value, however, Kohli is ahead of MS Dhoni, but as a cricketer, Dhoni is the anchor & spirit of any team that he is a part of,” Harish Bijoor was quoted as saying by India Today.
“Dhoni will be in the top 5 most sought-after players in the IPL. He has leadership qualities that speak for itself, and he is a match winner for any team. Without a doubt, a lot of teams will go after Dhoni as he is a leader. Especially in IPL, the bulk of most teams have Indian players, so you need that Indian leader and a lot of teams will go after him,” said Nikhil Chopra who played one Test and 39 ODIs.
Dhoni led the Chennai-based to two IPL titles and as many now-scrapped Champions League title.
Meanwhile, Bijoor further said that the two-year absence would affect CSK’s brand value, and felt resigning Dhoni can do the damage control.
“I think the 2-year suspension will affect brand CSK. They may want to reinvent their magic and bids may be led by CSK in order to recreate that brand. It is all the more important for Chennai to retain Dhoni than other teams as they are returning after a gap of 2 years and public memory is short,” said Bijoor.
On the other hand, Nikhil said:“I think the fan base makes a lot of difference and franchisees have to take care of their marketing & commercial activities. Revenue generation for the teams matters, so they want to retain their identifiable match winners and build the team around them. Dhoni is one such player.”
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