MS Dhoni the skipper of Chennai Super Kings is one of the most successful captains for the Indian Premier League. Dhoni has turned 40 but is not stopping as he recently led CSK to another IPL trophy in 2021. However, with the mega auction coming and the age of the former Indian, increasing questions rose whether he would be retained by CSK or not. Moreover with the deadline to announce the retained player the future of captain cool is in everyone’s mind.
According to the rules of retention policies provided by the IPL governing body, a team can either retain a maximum of three Indian players and one overseas player or two Indian and two foreign players. Dhoni is certain to be retained by the franchise but it remains to be seen whether he is their first pick or not, as the first retention will be the player to receive the highest salary.
Every team will have a salary cap of 90 crores in the 2022 season. If a team retains all 4 players it is said that 42 crores will be deducted from their salary cap. The first player to be retained by a franchise is said to receive 16 crores.
MS Dhoni about his last match for CSK
Recently during the trophy celebration of the 2021 IPL Dhoni said,
” So hopefully, my last T20, it will be in Chennai. Whether it’s next year, or in five years, we don’t know.”
Captain cool has retired from all forms of international cricket in 2020. However, he has been the skipper of Chennai and helped them recently lift their fourth IPL trophy. Dhoni recently was a part of the supporting staff of India in the 2021 T20 World Cup as a mentor.
Simon Doull and Irfan Pathan’s words
Former New Zealand fast bowler and commentator Simon Doull said that it might be the last IPL for Dhoni. He thinks that we could see him play a match in the home ground of Chennai and thereafter that hand over the captain’s baton to Faf du Plessis to lead the team. Doull thinks that MS won’t play the full tournament.
Doull also thinks Chennai will retain Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and MS Dhoni and their fourth retention will be Faf du Plessis.
“Ravindra Jadeja, he is Mr Chennai as well. He has got to be retained. From what we saw from Ruturaj Gaikwad, I think he must be retained. You don’t want to let him go anywhere and the combination at the top of the order between him and Faf du Plessis,”
However, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan disagrees with the fourth pick of Doull. Pathan thinks that CSK will go for the retention of any one of the two English all-rounders i.e. Sam Curran and Moeen Ali.
Irfan Pathan thinks,
“MS Dhoni yes, Ravindra Jadeja yes, Ruturaj Gaikwad yes, we might see a future in him in terms of leadership. But Faf du Plessis is 37-years-old. But it will be either Moeen Ali or Sam Curran for me as the 4th retention. You don’t want to let go of an all-rounder,”
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