Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Breaking the hearts of several fans, five time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowed out of the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) following their defeat against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final league game of the campaign on Saturday.

Though both the teams were tied on 14 points each after RCB’s victory, CSK's Net Run Rate (NRR) was slightly lower than RCB. This is the reason why Faf du Plessis-led side entered the playoffs.

Following the development, speculation is rife among several fans and experts that this could be the last season for veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni in the cash-rich league.

However, a CSK official has now revealed that former captain Dhoni has not yet communicated to the franchise about his potential retirement.

“Dhoni has not told anybody in CSK that he is quitting. He has told the management that he will wait for a couple of months before taking a final call,” the official said. 

“Dhoni did not feel any discomfort in his running between the wickets and that is a plus,” he added.

Moreover, as per reports published in some sections of media, the ‘Impact Player’ rule, which has received much criticism from a few active cricketers, is also likely to play a crucial role in Dhoni’s retirement call. If the rule is persisted with, Dhoni might continue as it gives him the freedom to fulfill a specific job with the team. 

“We will wait for Dhoni’s communication. He always has the best interests of the team in mind, let’s see what happens,” the CSK official further said.

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