N Srinivasan confirms CSK role for Dhoni

Dhoni is optimistic about playing more IPL games for CSK
Dhoni is optimistic about playing more IPL games for CSK.

India Cements vice-chairman and the Chennai Super Kings super boss N Srinivasan has confirmed that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is going to stay with the team. “There is no Chennai Super Kings without MS Dhoni,” the former Board of Control for Cricket in India president has stated.

There has been speculation about Dhoni’s presence with the CSK, the team that former India skipper has led all through its existence. Dhoni himself had time and again stated that with the two new teams joining the Indian Premier League, there was no clarity on the retention policy. Hence, he was not in a position to comment on his future with CSK.

Dhoni had successfully led CSK in the recently-concluded IPL 2021 to their fourth tournament title, the second most for a team after Mumbai Indians.

Showering praise on Dhoni, Srinivasan told reporters that “it was a remarkable win. It puts Chennai on top of the world.  Dhoni is part and parcel of CSK. There is no CSK without Dhoni and there is no Dhoni without CSK.”

Recently, Dhoni had hinted that he will play the next season of the IPL while his franchise had reportedly said that a decision on whether to retain the talismanic skipper will be taken only after knowing the rules of the system.

The BCCI is yet to lay down the retention rules as two more teams are set to be added in the 2022 edition of the cash-rich league.

Earlier after winning his fourth IPL trophy for the Yellow Brigade, Dhoni had said that he hadn’t decided how he would fit into the retention scheme of things.

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“Again I’ve said it before, it depends on the BCCI. With two new teams coming in, we have to decide what is good for CSK,” Dhoni said after CSK defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the summit clash of IPL 2021 on Friday.

“It’s not about me being there in the top-three or four. It’s about making a strong core to ensure the franchise doesn’t suffer. The core group, we have to have a hard look to see who can contribute for the next 10 years,” he had said.

A CSK official had earlier said that although they were not aware of the retention rules. However, if it is followed in the next auction, the franchise will use it for Dhoni.

Under Dhoni, CSK have made to nine IPL finals in the 12 seasons they had featured so far in the history of the lucrative league. The team under Dhoni had first won the coveted trophy in the year 2010 before winning it again in 2011, 2018 and 2021.

CSK also has the highest win percentage of matches among all teams in the IPL which is  59.83 percent. The Yellow Brigade also hold the records of most appearances in the IPL playoffs as they have made it to eleven times from 12.

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