N Srinivasan gives his VERDICT on MS Dhoni's future with Indian cricket and Chennai Super Kings
On Thursday (September 12), Indian skipper Virat Kohli's throwback tweet, depicting a match when the then skipper MS Dhoni and Kohli guided India to a memorable win versus Australia in World Twenty20 2016, triggered a massive debate among the sports fraternity. Speculations on Dhoni's retirement started doing rounds as the entire media prepared for one of their busiest day at work.
Nonetheless, it all boiled down to 'rumours' as Kohli's tweet had nothing to do with Dhoni's international future. The 30-year-old pointed out what the victory, over Australia, meant to him and stressed that his post had no other meaning attached. Being asked on the former skipper's future and his 'extended' rest period post the 2019 World Cup, Kohli told reporters, "When you decide to stop playing is an absolutely individual thing, and no one else should have an opinion on it, that's what I think. As long as he is available and continues to play, he is going to be very very valuable."
While Kohli smartly negated questions on Dhoni's future, his absence from the national side remains a mystery to his avid fans and viewers across the globe. Hence, N Srinivasan, a former BCCI President and managing director of India Cements (which owns Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League), gave his verdict on Dhoni's future in Indian cricket and in the IPL. "I can say only one thing. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will only be the captain for the next IPL Chennai Super Kings next season," stated the 74-year-old.
Dhoni is yet to represent India since the 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of eventual runners-up New Zealand. The right-hander had played a valiant hand (50 off 72 balls) to keep India in the hunt in pursuit of 240 before falling short by 18 runs. While it is being regarded that the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman is expected to prolong his stay in international cricket in a bid to guide Rishabh Pant, he will return to CSK dugout for next year's IPL.
Since CSK's return to the cash-rich league post the spot-fixing saga, the Men in Yellow have been in phenomenal touch in the last two editions. While they won the 2018 season, for a record fourth time, they went down to Mumbai Indians (MI) by a run to lose the IPL 2019 title.