According to Dwayne Bravo, he holds the opinion that the newly implemented ‘Impact Player’ regulation in the IPL has the potential to prolong MS Dhoni’s association with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Under Dhoni’s leadership, the Super Kings achieved a significant victory of 15 runs against the Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2023, held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. This triumph has propelled CSK to an unprecedented 10th IPL final, marking a remarkable milestone in their journey.
During an interview with Star Sports, Dwayne Bravo, the bowling coach of CSK, expressed his views on the ‘Impact Player’ rule in the IPL. He emphasized that this rule offers MS Dhoni a chance to prolong his IPL career.
Bravo also highlighted Dhoni’s remarkable ability to remain calm and composed in high-pressure situations, emphasizing his exceptional leadership qualities as the skipper of CSK.
Dwayne Bravo expressed strong confidence that MS Dhoni will indeed return to play for CSK in 2024, particularly due to the presence of the ‘Impact Player’ rule. Bravo emphasized that this rule enables Dhoni to extend his cricketing career.
“Hundred per cent (will he return to play for CSK in 2024?), especially with the ‘Impact Player’ rule. He can keep prolonging his career,” said Bravo.
He further highlighted the team’s deep batting lineup, mentioning the significant contributions from players like Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube. According to Bravo, the team doesn’t rely heavily on Dhoni’s individual performance. However, he emphasized that Dhoni’s exceptional skill of keeping the team calm under pressure remains unparalleled and invaluable to CSK’s success.
Following the match, MS Dhoni addressed his retirement plans and mentioned that he has sufficient time to make a decision regarding his participation in another edition of the IPL. He stated that he will stay connected to the team, either as a player or as a member of the support staff.
Dhoni stated, “I don’t know. I have eight-nine months to decide. The small auction will be around December. So why take that headache right now? I have ample time to decide. But, I will always be there for CSK, whether it’s in the playing form or sitting somewhere outside. I don’t really know,” during the post-match presentation.
CSK, aiming for their fifth IPL title, is set to compete in the summit clash at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.