Speculation was rife before the start of the 2023 season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) that ‘Captain Cool’ will play his last IPL in the season. He will lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in this season of IPL.
However, in a strange turn of events, former CSK batter Suresh Raina has hinted that Dhoni may be available to play in the 2024 season of IPL as well. If it happens, it will be a great news for millions of Dhoni fans across the globe.
Former stylish southpaw Raina retired from IPL last season. He is currently playing for India Maharajas in Legends League Cricket (LLC) 2023. In his massive hint, Raina further revealed that Dhoni’s availability will depend on his form and fitness in IPL 2023.
“Agle saal ho sakta hai ki Dhoni fir IPL khelein. Unka form achcha lag raha hai, batting achcha kar rahe hain. It all depends ke kaisa khelta hai this season. Kaafi challenging hoga, ek saal se tournament nahi khelein hai wo,” the left-handed batter said during an interview after the match against the World Giants on Wednesday.
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“I think CSK team is quite strong, there are some young players coming in like Ruturaj (Gaikwad), (Devon) Conway and Ben Stokes is also joining the team,” Raina added.
During the interview, Raina also said that he often speaks to Dhoni over the phone.
“Dhoni has been training hard in Chennai, as you can see in some of his recent videos as well,” said the former southpaw.