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NEW DELHI: Chennai Tremendous Kings followers had rather a lot to cheer about after they noticed their ‘Thala’, Mahendra Singh Dhoni within the yellow jersey in IPL 2020, for the primary time since his worldwide retirement in August earlier this 12 months.
Nevertheless, Dhoni’s dismal exhibiting with the bat within the 2020 season coupled with CSK‘s crew efficiency made many ask if Dhoni can be calling time on his IPL profession as effectively. The yellow brigade slumped to their worst-ever efficiency in IPL historical past, ending seventh on the factors tally and failing to qualify for the playoffs for the primary time of their 11 season historical past (CSK had been suspended for 2 seasons). Dhoni managed to make simply 200 runs at a strike fee of simply over 116, the bottom he is ever made in an IPL season.
Dhoni, who’s 39 at present, quelled all hypothesis about his IPL future himself.
On the toss of their final league match this season towards Kings XI Punjab, Dhoni was requested by former New Zealand cricketer and commentator Danny Morrison whether or not that will be his final IPL look. Dhoni, who is understood for his calm and composed demeanor replied – “Positively not”.
Danny Morrison: May this be your final sport in yellow?
Dhoni: Positively Not!

Apparently, previous to this, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan had additionally stated that he was assured ‘captain cool’ will proceed to guide the facet subsequent 12 months as effectively.
CSK performed 14 matches in IPL 2020, profitable 6 and struggling defeats on eight events.
Beforehand, CSK received the title thrice – 2010, 2011, and 2018. Other than this, they completed as runners-up on 5 events – 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2019.

Former India wicket-keeper batsman Kiran Extra spoke to TimesofIndia.com about Dhoni’s IPL future saying ‘age is only a quantity’ for the one worldwide captain to have received all three ICC trophies.
“In 13 years of time (11 for CSK), you might need one dangerous 12 months. That is what occurred with CSK. CSK have received titles thrice. We should not give a lot significance to CSK’s one dangerous 12 months. Dhoni is a legend, do not forget that. Successful three titles is an enormous document. They (CSK) will return to the drafting board and kind out their points,” Extra stated.
On being requested whether or not Dhoni ought to retire and make manner for different gamers for CSK, Extra stated:” It is as much as Dhoni how he feels – mentally and bodily. Will his physique permit him to play subsequent 12 months? Dhoni himself is aware of the reply higher than others.” Extra informed TimesofIndia.com.
This season, there was little question that Dhoni regarded rusty. He additionally most popular to come back out to bat fairly late in lots of matches elevating extra eyebrows. The rustiness wasn’t shocking, contemplating this was the primary time Dhoni ws enjoying aggressive cricket since India’s semi-final ouster within the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup, the place they misplaced to New Zealand at Manchester in July 2019.
Former India captain Kapil Dev, who took India to the 1983 World Cup title had earlier stated that it might be ‘unimaginable’ for Dhoni to carry out if he performs solely from IPL to IPL. Kapil additionally stated that Dhoni ought to think about enjoying home cricket to maintain himself in form, contemplating MSD has retired from worldwide cricket altogether.
Earlier than the 2020 IPL season, Dhoni’s worst efficiency with the bat was within the 2016 version, the place he was enjoying for the Rising Pune Supergiant crew. He scored 284 runs in that version. The one two different events, barring the 2016 and 2020 editions, when Dhoni did not cross the 300 run mark in an IPL season had been in 2010 (287 runs for CSK) and 2017 (290 runs for RPSG).

Extra, who performed 49 Assessments and 94 ODIs for India feels folks should not doubt Dhoni’s skills going by what occurred in 2020 and the truth that he’s 39 years previous.
“It’s completely Dhoni’s name (retiring from IPL). Age is only a quantity for Dhoni. Chris Gayle is 41 and he’s doing rather well. That is the largest instance earlier than us. We should not doubt Dhoni’s skills. If he needs to play, he’ll play. So, let’s depart it to him,” Extra informed TimesofIndia.com.
The subsequent version of the IPL is technically nearly 5 months away, going by the standard April-Might window. There’s a risk that the 2021 version can even be performed within the UAE, if the Covid-19 scenario in India would not enhance and so forth. Will MSD, a person synonymous with success within the IPL have the ability to reinvent himself in time and silence his critics?

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