CSK CEO’s big statement on Dhoni’s IPL future
IPL 2021, MS Dhoni retirement not happening after IPL 2021: CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan on Thursday broke his silence on Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni IPL future, just two days ahead of CSK vs DC match. He said that they are not looking at anybody beyond Dhoni, as the former Indian skipper will not be playing his last IPL. “If you ask me, I don’t see him retiring anytime soon. Not this year at least and this is my personal opinion,” Kasi told InsideSport.
Dhoni has been at the helm of CSK since the inaugural IPL in 2008. The 39-year-old has led the Chennai side to three IPL titles, second-highest after Mumbai Indians who has five titles under their hat.
Dhoni has been looking in good form ahead of the campaign opener. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has been raining sixes during the net session, which could be a big relief for the CSK team management.
Chennai play their first game on Saturday (April 10) against Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
IPL 2021: Suresh Raina makes his return
One thing that Chennai missed majorly was the absence of Suresh Raina. ‘Mr IPL’, as he is referred to fondly due to his dominance in the tournament, had pulled out of last year’s IPL season due to ‘personal reason’. His comeback will solve CSK’s top-order problems to a certain level and also give depth to their batting line-up.
But the problem is his lack of match practice. In past one year, the only cricket he has played is during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. However, Kasi is not worried as he has been working hard in the nets and is keen to prove himself.
“He played the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. After that he has been practicing. He didn’t want to play a 50-over tournament (Vijay Hazare Trophy). (But) he has been practising with us also for the last 10 days. He is very keen to do well,” he said.
IPL 2021 CSK squad 2021:
CSK squad 2021 – MS Dhoni (C and WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Ravi Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Imran Tahir, R. Sai Kishore, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harisankar Reddy, Bhagvath Varma and Cheteshwar Pujara