Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni has set the internet buzzing with a new post on social media about his upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign.

The Captain Cool posted an update about his excitement for the new season just two weeks prior to the marquee event’s inaugural match in which Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Chepauk Stadium on March 22.

“Can’t wait for the new season and the new ‘role’. Stay tuned!” Dhoni wrote on his Facebook account.

The post indicating Dhoni’s new role has confused several fans and set the internet buzzing. He is the captain of the team so what new role is he talking about in the social media post? Nobody has any idea about it as of now.

However, CSK fans would be hoping it’s not related to a leadership change. If not as a player, will the 2024 season witness the return of ‘mentor’ Dhoni? Possible. He served that role with the Indian cricket team at the T20 World Cup in 2021, and with some of his peers such as Gautam Gambhir having embraced ‘mentorship’, Dhoni could be heading the same way or could not.

Dhoni, 42, is expected to play his final season this year, after he promised a return to the tournament following a triumphant season in 2023. While everyone expected to see Dhoni return as captain, MSD’s post sure promises to fuel speculation about his future at CSK.

Notably, Dhoni has not yet arrived at the CSK training camp that has gotten underway in Chennai where the likes of Deepak Chahar, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rajvardhan Hangargekar and others have already started training.

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Dhoni, with five IPL titles, is the joint-most successful captain in the history of the tournament along with former Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma.