MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings skipper was retained ahead by the franchise ahead of the IPL 2024 auction on December 19. He will be leading the franchise once again after his title-winning season in 2023. The franchise released as many as 8 players during the IPL 2023 retention on Sunday, November 26
MS Dhoni scored 104 runs but he struck at over 180 playing some timely cameos for his side in last season. However, he played the entire season with a knee injury. Post IPL 2023, MS Dhoni had his knee operated the at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, and it involved a keyhole procedure for arthroscopic repair.
Dhoni has had time to recover and by the time the IPL starts, he is expected to be fully fit to join and lead his IPL franchise. Dhoni spoke about playing one final season after he won his fifth IPL title with Chennai Super Kings.
“The easy thing for me is to say thank you and retire. But the amount of love I have received from CSK fans, it would be a gift for them to (see me) play one more season” said Dhoni in the post-match presentation ceremony.
MS Dhoni Will Not Give You Any Clue About When He Is Going To Leave: Anil Kumble
Meanwhile, former Indian coach and captain, Anil Kumble kept his opinion on Dhoni playing one more season for CSK. Aware of his recent surgery, Kumble said that Dhoni will play the entire season depending on how fit he is.
“I think last year was a classic example. We all know he was not 100 percent fit, but yet he managed to be at his best behind the stumps, in front of the stumps. You have time, but he has hardly played any cricket. It’s not going to be easy. He has undergone a knee surgery. He has to work hard, but he is someone who will not give you any clue about when he is going to leave. We have seen that with the way he left international cricket too. I am sure the fans and the players want him to go all the way. I am sure if he is ready if he makes himself ready, he will play the full season,” Anil Kumble told JioCinema.
Retained Players By CSK
MS Dhoni, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Subhranshu Senapati, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Simranjeet Singh, Matheesha Pathirana, Akash Singh, Prashant Solanki, Mitchell Santner, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Dwaine Pretorius, Ajinkya Rahane, Sisanda Magala, Nishant Sindhu, Shaik Rasheed, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Verma
Released Players By CSK
Ben Stokes, Dwaine Pretorius, Ambati Rayudu, Sisanda Magala, Kyle Jamieson, Bhagath Varma, Senapati and Akash Singh.
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