Aakash Chopra claims CSK should not retain MS Dhoni in the next IPL auction


Former India player Aakash Chopra said that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) should release their captain and one of the key players, MS Dhoni if there is any mega auction takes place before the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. He further shared that if they decide to retain MS Dhoni, they will lose out on Rs 15 crore.

Meanwhile, he also revealed the way to keep him in the squad. He explained that CSK should send Dhoni back into the auction pool, and from there they could use the Right To Match (RTM) card to buy him again as well.


“I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” Aakash Chopra said in a video posted on his Facebook account.

“If Dhoni does not stay with you for three years and he plays just the 2021 season, you will get the Rs 15 crore back for the 2022 edition, but how will you find a player worth that Rs 15 crore? That’s the advantage of a mega auction, you can create a big team if you have the money,” he expressed.


MS Dhoni had a dismal show in the IPL where he could manage only 200-odd runs in 14 games with an average of 25. Even, his side, CSK had a rather forgettable campaign in the 2020 edition of Indian Premier League where they could manage only 6 wins from 14 games. This was also the first time in the history of the league that they couldn’t reach the playoffs. And there is a herculean task for them to get back in the zone before the next season.

“If you release Dhoni for the mega auction, you can pick him with the Right To Match card and you can pick the right players by having the desired money in your kitty. You can pick Dhoni in the auction, from CSK point of view, if they release Dhoni and then pick him up in auction, it would be beneficial for them,” Chopra further added.

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