MS Dhoni Farewell Match: CSK official confirms MS Dhoni’s FAREWELL date; Thala Dhoni will play his last IPL match on May 14 against KKR at Chepauk
MS Dhoni Farewell Match: The scene has been set. Thala Dhoni‘s farewell match will take place on May 14 at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium. The announcement of the IPL 2023 schedule on Friday set the scenario for Dhoni’s farewell match. If CSK do not make the playoffs, he will play his farewell game against the Kolkata Knight Riders. CSK will kick off their season against the defending champions, the Gujarat Titans.
Dhoni has been the captain of CSK since its inception in 2008. He returned to head the club after serving a two-year ban. Dhoni handed over the leadership to Ravindra Jadeja last season. Unfortunately, it backfired as CSK struggled under Jadeja’s captaincy.
After only eight games, the former India captain reclaimed the captaincy but was unable to save CSK’s season. This season, CSK will start as favourites, with Dhoni aiming to finish on a high note by bringing CSK their fifth IPL trophy. If CSK fails to qualify for the playoffs, his final home game would be against the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 14 at Chepauk Stadium.
“Yes, it will be MS’s last season as a player. That is what we know so far. But of course, it’s his decision. He hasn’t officially communicated to the management that he will go into retirement. It is a special occasion for all CSK fans as IPL returns to Chennai. But it will be a sad moment if Dhoni plays his final season,”CSK
MS Dhoni in IPL Statistics
MSD was the maestro of the chase before a certain Virat Kohli took the stage. He frequently plays the game till the very end, stepping on the gas in the closing overs. He is not just a hitting powerhouse, but he is also an outstanding fielder. He holds the global record for the most stumpings. Dhoni is a fantastic runner between the wickets. He may also be spotted bowling right-arm medium speed on rare instances.
MS Dhoni IPL Record
- Most capped player in the Indian Premier League (211 matches).
- Dhoni is leading CSK for the 12th time in this year’s IPL.
- He has a record 157 dismissals as a wicket-keeper in the league.
- Most sixes in death overs.
- 17 Player of the Match awards.
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Dhoni’s retirement raises a succession issue. While Ben Stokes is the favourite to follow Dhoni, CSK is considering two other candidates: Ajinkya Rahane and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Stokes may not be available for the playoff stage since England begins a Test series against Ireland on June 1.
Although Dhoni will lead CSK this time as England’s Test captain, Stokes may face a similar predicament in future IPL seasons.
MS Dhoni To Retire After IPL 2023? CSK Official Makes Big Statement
MS Dhoni Retirement: The 1000th match of the tournament will by played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on May 6. After that, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will play his last IPL match in front of a home crowd at Chepauk MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai and the CSK management expects him to officially inform about his decision before the start of the tournament IPL 2023.