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‘He has not told us anything’: Even CSK CEO doesn’t know if MS Dhoni will play for CSK in IPL

‘He has not told us anything’: Even CSK CEO doesn’t know if MS Dhoni will play for CSK in IPL

While a definitive answer regarding Dhoni's future with CSK remains elusive, a decision will be made within the next few months.

The question of MS Dhoni’s future with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) remains a mystery, even for the franchise CEO, Kasi Viswanathan. “He has not told us anything,” Viswanathan revealed, highlighting Dhoni’s characteristic independence when it comes to such decisions.

Retention deadline for IPL 2025 looms

While MS Dhoni has kept his cards close to his chest, the clock is ticking. With the BCCI expected to announce a retention policy soon, CSK and MS Dhoni will need to make a call before the deadline. Some time remains, potentially until November, but a decision is inevitable.

He does not tell us such things anyway. He just decides.”: Viswanathan told Cricbuzz.

Fitness Concerns of MS Dhoni: Key Factor for CSK

MS Dhoni’s physical condition is believed to be a major factor in his decision. Several CSK members, including head coach Stephen Fleming, acknowledged that MS Dhoni played this season despite persistent pain. Despite this, his commitment was unwavering, participating in all 14 games and scoring over 160 runs.

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Beyond Numbers: MS Dhoni Legacy

MS Dhoni’s value to CSK and the IPL transcends mere statistics. He is a true leader and a legend of the game. Insiders suggest that the franchise may be considering a shift in ownership, and Dhoni’s role could evolve accordingly. A mentorship position could be on the cards if he decides to hang up his boots.

Speculation and Support for CSK legend

Former CSK player Matthew Hayden expects to see MS Dhoni remain involved with the team in some capacity, even if he doesn’t play.

Meanwhile, former CSK teammate Ambati Rayudu believes there’s a chance Dhoni might return next season. The franchise itself, through Viswanathan, desires Dhoni to continue, impressed by his batting performance this season.

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Retention decisions and road ahead for CSK

With the retention policy yet to be finalized, the exact number of players CSK can retain remains unclear. However, key players like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ravindra Jadeja are likely to be retained. MS Dhoni could potentially be the third Indian player retained, depending on his decision.

If he decides finally to retire, Shivam Dube will take that 3rd Indian spot in retention. Sri Lankan fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana is also expected to remain with the team.

Wait and See Approach regarding MS Dhoni

While a definitive answer regarding Dhoni’s future with CSK remains elusive, a decision will be made within the next few months. Fans eagerly await Dhoni’s call, but one thing is certain – his legacy with the Chennai Super Kings is undeniably strong.

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