It is a common topic of discussion about the potential retirement of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni from Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite being 41 years old, he is still an active player in the Indian T20 tournament, and for the past few seasons, there has been speculation that each season could be his last.
However, Dhoni, who has captained CSK to four IPL titles in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021, continues to amaze the fans with his outstanding batting and wicketkeeping skills. In response to a question about CSK’s readiness to play without him, former CSK player and out-of-favour Indian batter Kedar Jadhav confirmed that this season would be Dhoni’s last.
During the speculation, Jadhav mentioned that Dhoni’s age was a factor and expressed that the team was not prepared to play without him.
Kedar Jadhav, who works as an IPL commentator and expert for JioCinema, stated that neither CSK nor the fans were ready when Dhoni retired from international cricket. He also predicted that this season of the IPL would be Dhoni’s last with CSK and in the league, as he would turn 42 years old in a few months.
“Neither CSK are ready (to play without MS Dhoni), nor the fans were ready when he called time on his international cricket career… I feel this is going to be the last year for Dhoni in IPL and for CSK because he will be turning 42 in some months,” said Dhoni’s former teammate.
MS Dhoni has been associated with the CSK franchise since the first season of IPL in 2008 and has been an integral part of the team ever since, except for the two seasons in 2016 and 2017 when the team was banned.
In recent times, Dhoni has changed his batting position and has performed well in the ongoing edition of IPL. He has an impressive average batting strike rate of 214.81 across four matches played so far.