There have been rumors that MS Dhoni‘s final season playing for CSK may be the 2023 IPL. Dhoni had made a similar suggestion before the team’s final group match of the season in the 2022 version; he said he would return the following year to personally thank fans across India because the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League will be contested in 12 different locations.
“Definitely,” Dhoni had said when he was asked about his participation in IPL 2023. “It’s a simple reason: it will be unfair to not play in Chennai and say thank you [to the fans]. Mumbai is one place where, as a team and as an individual, I have got a lot of love and affection. But it wouldn’t be nice to the CSK fans.
“And also, hopefully next year there will be an opportunity where the teams will be traveling so it will be a like thank you to all the different places where we will be playing games at different venues. Whether it will be my last year or not that’s a big question, because you know we can’t really predict about something two years down the line. But definitely I’ll be working hard to come back strong next year,” he had added.
Dhoni at the post-match interview today
But today after the post-match presentation, the CSK skipper said, “it’s the final phase of my career. So I’m enjoying it all”.
He further said that the crowd has given him so much love and affection throughout his career. He further added, “It feels good to be here. They have given a lot of love and affection. They always stay late to listen to me.”
At the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday, Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in match 29 of the IPL 2023. With Devon Conway scoring an undefeated 77 runs off 57 balls, CSK reached 138/3 in 18.4 overs while attempting to meet the 135 run mark. SRH’s bowling unit was led by Mayank Markande, who claimed two wickets. Abhishek Sharma scored 34 runs off 26 balls as SRH initially set 134/7 in 20 overs. For CSK, Ravindra Jadeja grabbed three wickets while playing well.
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