New Delhi: The Chennai Super Kings’ skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was cheered on when he announced that before he decides to retire his last T20 game would be in Chennai but said he does not know “whether it is next year or in five years’ time”, PTI reported.
As the Indian Premier League adds two new two teams – Ahemdabad and Lucknow – making it eight teams, each allowed to retain a maximum of four players ahead of IPL 2022. Dhoni himself revealed that no decision had been taken yet on him continuing with CSK next season.
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“I have always planned my cricket. The last game I played was in Ranchi. The last home game in ODI was at my hometown in Ranchi. So, hopefully, my last T20 will be in Chennai. Whether it’s next year or in 5 years’ time, we don’t really know,” Dhoni said during CSK’s IPL victory celebration here.
Dhoni was speaking on Saturday, at an event held in Chennai to celebrate the team’s IPL 2021 title win which was held in Dubai. It was attended by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, India Cements vice-chairman and managing director N Srinivasan, legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, BCCI secretary Jay Shah and IPL chairman Brijesh Patel, Dhoni said CSK’s fan following, even during the two years when they missed the league, had kept the team going.
Dhoni stressed on ‘believing in the process’ and said it helped in coming back strongly in IPL 2021, after a nightmarish run in 2020, when the team did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time.
“One of the most memorable associations with Chennai is my Test debut. I never knew I will be picked by CSK. I was in the auction and got picked and it gave me an opportunity to understand the culture of Chennai”, PTI quoted him.
“I believe Chennai taught me a lot, Tamil Nadu taught me a lot on how to conduct myself, how to appreciate the game. With each and every game we played in Chennai, the fans came and supported us”, he added.
CM Stalin, speaking in Tamil, too lavished praise on Dhoni and said he was a great fan of the CSK captain, according to PTI.
“I have come here as a fan of Dhoni. My family, my grandchildren (who are here) are fans of his. My father (former Chief Minister Karunanidhi) was a great admirer of Dhoni too,” Stalin said.
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