CSK skipper MS Dhoni confirms playing in the IPL next year
Danny Morrison's first question to MS Dhoni was about his availability in IPL 2021.
Updated - Nov 1, 2020 3:40 pm
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) locked horns with the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the final league game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). This is the last appearance for the Men in Yellow this season as they have not qualified for the playoffs for the first time in the IPL history. With MS Dhoni retiring from international cricket in August, many felt that this will be his last IPL season too.
However, the CSK skipper himself has cleared that he will be playing the next IPL season as well. Dhoni clarified the same at the toss while speaking to Danny Morrison who asked him if he is playing his last match in the yellow jersey.
“Definitely not,” MS Dhoni said with confidence after being asked about his availability for the three-time champions after CSK won the toss and he opted to bowl first.
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CSK CEO had also confirmed that MS Dhoni will play
Earlier, even the CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan had also confirmed that MS Dhoni will play in the 2021 in the IPL. He had also quashed any rumours of changing the captain at the same time. “Yes definitely I’m very confident that Dhoni will lead CSK in 2021. He has won three titles for us in the IPL. This is the 1st year we have not qualified for the playoffs, no other team has done that,” he had said.
Having said that, it hasn’t been a great season for MS Dhoni with the bat this year. He is yet to score a single half-century and will be keen on signing off in style. As far as the final league game of CSK is concerned, they have made three changes to their line-up. While Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Shardul Thakur were included, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma and Shane Watson have missed out.
For KXIP, Mayank Agarwal is fit even as they also made two changes to their team. Along with Mayank, Neesham came in while Arshdeep Singh and Glenn Maxwell missed out.