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IPL 2019: MS Dhoni hints at playing the tournament next season

Dhoni will be close to turning 39 next year when the IPL will start.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Many wanted MS Dhoni to win this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the fans weren’t sure if he will turn up next year. The veteran is already 37 years old and will be playing his last World Cup later this month. Most probably he will retire from international cricket post the mega event. Going into the final, Dhoni’s fans wanted to see their Thala lift the title for the record fourth time.

But Lasith Malinga‘s brilliant final over denied MS Dhoni and CSK the glory as Mumbai Indians (MI) triumphed in a heart-stopping thriller. The CSK skipper was welcomed with a roar by the Hyderabad when he was called for an interview in the post-match presentation ceremony. He reflected at the game-changing moments and felt the team needed to improve ahead of the next season.

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Hopefully, yes

However, the fans were waiting for the million dollar question to be asked and it was about MS Dhoni playing the IPL next season. When Sanjay Manjrekar, finally asked it, Dhoni said, “Hopefully, yes,” which left many of his fans, especially CSK fans, relieved. He will be close to turning 39 by then and with his back already troubling him a lot, it remains to be seen how fit Dhoni will be next year.

Nevertheless, he has renewed the hope of the fans and the quote even made the franchise happy it seems. CSK’s official Twitter handle posted the tweet of the same quote and used a hashtag #HopeIsAGoodThing.

Here’s the tweet:

As far as the match is concerned, MS Dhoni didn’t have a great day with the bat as he got run-out while stealing an extra run off the overthrow. Ishan Kishan’s direct hit caught him short of the crease in the tiniest of margins and his wicket turned the game on its head in the end.

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