CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the IPL 2021 mega auction, reckons Aakash Chopra

Dhoni confirmed to ply his trade for CSK in the upcoming edition of the tournament.

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MS Dhoni of CSK. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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Former cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra is back again with his expert analysis, and this time, it revolves around Chennai Super Kings and MS Dhoni. In a bit surprising sequence of statements, Chopra stated how CSK should not retain their champion skipper Dhoni for the 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).

He stated if the mega auction takes place ahead of IPL 2021, the Yellow Army should let go of the backbone of the team. As per the player retention scheme, if CSK hold on to their talismanic leader MS Dhoni, a hefty amount of Rs 15 crore would go off from their budget.

Having spent such a handsome amount on MS Dhoni, the team would not be in a capacity to build up their squad from scratch, feels the former opener.

He further opined that CSK should send Dhoni in the auction and get back the leader in their pool through the ‘Right to Match’ card. The saved money can let the Super Kings do their squad planning from the very beginning.

“I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction, then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” said Chopra in his video on Facebook.

Chopra emphasized the fact that the amount of Rs 15 Crore would be back with the team if the Ranchi stalwart doesn’t continue after the 2020 season.

CSK can pick MS Dhoni with RTM: Aakash Chopra

“If Dhoni does not stay with you for three years and he plays just the 2021 season, you will get the Rs 15 crore back for the 2022 edition, but how will you find a player worth that Rs 15 crore? That’s the advantage of a mega auction, you can create a big team if you have the money.

‘If you release Dhoni for the mega auction, you can pick him with the right to match card, and you can pick the right players by having the desired money in your kitty,” Chopra added.

The former KKR player also stated that out of all the teams in IPL, CSK need the mega auction big time after their utter failure in the recently concluded IPL season where they couldn’t make the playoffs.