CHENNAI: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans can breathe easy. MS Dhoni will definitely play for the franchise in the 2021 season. The CSK skipper said so himself during the toss ahead of their final league game against Kings XI Punjab this season.
Asked by commentator Danny Morrison whether the Kings XI encounter will be his last game for CSK, Dhoni left no room for ambiguity when he clearly stated: “Definitely not.”
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CSK, of course, are out of the playoff race this season and it had led to speculation over the past week whether Dhoni will be coming back next season. As reported by TOI earlier, though, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan had confirmed that the 39-year-old will lead the team next season too.
“Yes, definitely. I am very confident that Dhoni will lead CSK in 2021. He has won three titles for us in the IPL. This is the first year we have not qualified for the playoffs. No other team has done that. One bad year does not mean we will have to change everything,” Viswanathan told TOI on October 26.
“We didn’t play to our potential this season. We lost games that we should have won. That pushed us back,” Viswanathan added.
Dhoni, who announced his retirement from international cricket in August, hasn’t been at his best with the bat this season. He has scored only 200 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of 116.27 without a single half-century under his belt. He admitted at the start of the campaign that he felt a bit undercooked. Before the IPL, after all, he had played no competitive cricket since India’s World Cup exit in July 2019 and the Covid pandemic only extended his hiatus from the game.