MS Dhoni-led CSK entered record-extending 10th IPL final on Tuesday.© BCCI
MS Dhoni has finally answered all speculations on whether IPL 2023 will be the ned of his playing career. After guiding his beloved Chennai Super Kings to a record 10th IPL final with a win over defending champions Gujarat Titans in Chennai on Thursday, Dhoni was asked a clear-cut question by renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle. “Will you come and play here in Chepauk again?” Dhoni was asked. To which, Dhoni didn’t give a straight reapply but made it absolutely clear that he won’t decide on his career right after the IPL ends.
“I don’t know. I have eight or nine months to decide. The small auction will be around December so why to take that headache right now. I have ample time to decide. I will always be there for CSK, whether it is in the playing form or sitting somewhere outside,” MS Dhoni said in the post match-presentation ceremony.
“Frankly it takes a heavy toll. I have been out of form for literally four months now. Jan 31st was the time when I finished my work and started practicing from 2nd-3rd of March. It takes a lot but I have ample time to decided.”
Chennai Super Kings tamed a tenacious Gujarat Giants by 15 runs on a sticky surface to enter their 10th IPL final on Tuesday and extend their remarkable consistency in the tournament. CSK did well to reach 172 for 7 on a slow pitch in Qualifier 1 after Hardik Pandya opted to bowl. Considering the conditions, it turned out to be much more than a competitive total as Gujarat Titans had a rare off day to end with 157 all out in 20 overs. Rashid Khan made the CSK fans nervous with a 16-ball 30 towards the end but it was not enough for the Titans.
However, the defending champions will get another shot at making a second successive final in Qualifier 2 on Friday.
CSK’s master tactician MS Dhoni made the best use of home advantage to take the four time champions to a 10th final in 14 editions. CSK did not take part in 2016 and 2017 editions.
With PTI inputs
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