Friday September 22, 2023

MS Dhoni updates fans about retirement plans

Dhoni said that “circumstantially” retiring right now was a good choice; however, he wanted to gift his fans

By Sports Desk
May 30, 2023
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni hits a shot during an IPL match on April 19, 2023. — BCCI
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni hits a shot during an IPL match on April 19, 2023. — BCCI 

After leading the Chennai Super Kings to their fifth victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, former Indian skipper and CSK captain MS Dhoni shared an update about his possible retirement with his fans.

When asked about his retirement plans after the match, Dhoni said that “circumstantially” retiring right now was a good choice.

However, he shared, that he had decided to do the "hard thing" and had decided that for the next nine months, he would train and try to play in the next season as a "gift" to his fans for their affection and love.

To the delight of his fans, Dhoni said: "Circumstantially, this is the best time for me to announce retirement, but the amount of love and affection that I have been shown, wherever I have been this year... I think the easy thing for me to say would be to say 'Thank you very much', but the tough thing for me would to work hard for nine months and come back and play at least one more season of IPL.”

However, he said, “a lot depends on the body”.

“It would take 6-7 months to decide. It will be more like a gift from my side. It's not easy for me but the way they have shown their love and affection, that's something that I need to do," he said.

He further shared how overwhelmed he was during the season when he saw how much fans adored him.

"My eyes were full of water, I needed to take some time off in the dugout. I realised I need to enjoy this. I think they love me for what I am, they love that I am so grounded, I don't try to portray something I'm not. Just keep it simple. Every trophy is special, but what is special about IPL is every crunch game you need to be ready [for]," the Indian cricket sensation shared.

Dhoni has been a fan-favourite throughout the recently-concluded tournament and doing justice to his fans’ support, the CSK Skipper finished the season by leading his side to a record-levelling fifth trophy, since neither the Gujarat Titans nor bad weather could stop CSK from drawing level with Mumbai Indians — their arch-rivals — in terms of most IPL trophy wins.

Given that the entire IPL and even the tournament finale was nothing short of Dhoni-mania, it will be interesting to see whether Dhoni will actually return to IPL to lead CSK next year or not.