The speculations around the future of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian cricketing scene finally had some clairvoyance with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) excluding the former captain’s name from its central contract for the upcoming year. However, Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri earlier suggested that the Indian Premier League is where the future of Dhoni’s career remains, and justifying his comment, the owner of Chennai Super Kings himself hints the same.
In an interview session at a public event, the owner of the club N Srinivasan has openly stated that he has no plans of losing Dhoni from his IPL franchise, even till the 2021 season.
“People keep saying when will he… how long will he play, etc. He will play. I can assure you. He will play this year. Next year he will go (to) the auction; he will be retained. So there is no doubt in anybody’s mind,” Srinivasan told reporters.
The 2011 ICC World Cup winner, Dhoni became the most expensive auctioned player in the first IPL season back in 2008. The 38 year old, who captains CSK, has three IPL trophies to his name.
Complimenting Srinivasan’s statement, A R R Sriram, the club’s Fans Association vice president said: “We are pretty sure that MS will be retained. There is no CSK without Dhoni. We won’t let him go into the auction pool.”
Dhoni has not donned the Men in Blues jersey since the 2019 World Cup, and despite being in BCCI’s contracts since his senior debut in 2004, the veteran was dropped out of the annual contract for the first time this year.
However, the player himself has made no comments yet about his international career yet. Earlier this month, Ravi Shastri himself stated the IPL season, or moreover T20 cricket is where Dhoni’s future lies, who has already reached the twilight of his decorated career.
“At his age, probably the only format he’ll want to play is T20 cricket which means he’ll have to start playing again, get back into the groove because he’s going to play in the IPL and see how his body reacts.” Shastri told CNN News18.