When the four-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a league match of the 2023 season, it was Dhoni’s men who prevailed. While Dhoni didn’t have much time to contribute much with the racquet on the pitch, he managed to make quite an impact as both captain and wicketkeeper.
However, a comment from Dhoni after the game ended left fans concerned. While it’s not yet known if this will be Dhoni’s final season as a player in the IPL, ‘Thala’ certainly offers small hints. Every season that the IPL begins, fans and pundits wonder if this would be the last time they would see Dhoni as a player in the CSK shirt.
After admitting a few days ago that this was the “final phase of his career”, Dhoni made a “farewell” comment after the KKR game. “I simply thank you for the support, it came in large numbers. Most of these guys will come in a KKR jersey next time. They’re trying so hard to sack my thanks to the crowd,” he said. at the award ceremony after the game.
Speaking of the game, Dhoni has been quite amused by the way his bowling and batting sessions have performed this season. “The fast bowlers are doing their jobs, as are the gymnasts in the middle. The wicket was short on one side so we had to get early wickets and keep the pressure on”
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“He just keeps going and motivates young people to play. We’re lucky that all the guys that show up are playing. (About Rahane) We see potential in someone when we allow them to hit as they do. We give him freedom, give him the best position. In a team environment, someone has to sacrifice their place for others to feel more comfortable and for the team to thrive,” he said.
By defeating KKR, CSK topped the IPL 2023 points table with 5 wins from 7 games.