Former Pakistan striker Shoaib Akhtar said MS Dhoni could return as a player and captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) next IPL season if he wanted to. He added that if not as a player, the legendary goalkeeper could also serve as a mentor or head coach.
Chennai have endured a disastrous IPL 2022 season, winning only four of their 12 matches so far. Their campaign was marred by the captaincy controversy. Ravindra Jadeja was handed over leadership at the start of the season, but Dhoni was re-appointed as captain midway through the season.
With playoff hopes over for this season, CSK will now look to build a team for the future. Akhtar tells us what the legendary Dhoni can do for the future of the team Sports Kida:
“He can obviously keep playing next season if he wants to. But if he doesn’t want to keep playing, he can come back as a mentor or even head coach. It’s not a bad role for him. It’s all up to Dhoni. He’s an asset. He’s either in the team or he’s in the team.”
The Rawalpindi Express shared his thoughts on the captain’s fiasco, claiming that Chennai’s management did not look that serious, which is why the problem escalated to such a degree. he thinks:
“This time CSK’s management doesn’t look serious. We don’t know why the captain went to Jadeja. But they need to come back next season with a clear head.”
Jadeja recently left CSK’s bio bubble amid rumors of a rift between the all-rounder and management. However, the team’s official statement on the matter stated that Jadeja has been released because they did not want to further injure his ribs.
“Dhoni may play another song and announce his retirement” – Shoaib Akhtar
Asked if he felt Dhoni would announce his IPL retirement at the end of the season, Akhtar replied that no one can read the former India captain’s mind. He commented:
“Donny might play another song and announce his retirement. A person really can’t predict what he can do. That’s who he is. If he suddenly feels like he has to retire, he’s going to do it. Honestly, right now Time for a handful of players. Chartered cricket has no ifs and buts.”
Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket in 2020 through social media posts that included a montage capturing his career in India, along with a classic Bollywood song.
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