In a rain-shortened IPL 2023 match on Monday, Ravindra Jadeja sealed Chennai Super Kings’ fifth Indian Premier League title in a manner reminiscent of MS Dhoni. With just two balls remaining, Jadeja struck a six followed by a four, mirroring Dhoni’s famous finishing style.
Despite constant questions about his future, Dhoni had always maintained that he would return to lead the Super Kings. Fans eagerly awaited his decision throughout this season, and speculations were rife.
Following the match’s conclusion, several Twitter accounts, operating under fake identities, took it upon themselves to disseminate misleading information and fabricate statements regarding Dhoni’s retirement. Their actions triggered the rapid spread of baseless rumors, causing unnecessary speculation and confusion among fans and followers.
Ladies and gentlemen, today I announce my retirement from cricket. I am immensely grateful to the BCCI, my teammates, coaches, and the entire management team for their support. To the fans, your love and support have meant the world to me. I am proud of the successes we achieved,
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdohnii) May 29, 2023
Would Dhoni finally retire?
As the CSK captain, who now shares the record for the most IPL championships with Rohit Sharma, addressed the topic, he acknowledged that announcing his retirement would be a simple task. However, he expressed his desire to continue practicing for the next nine months and potentially participate in the following season as a gesture of appreciation for his loyal supporters.
“Looking for an answer? (He asks Harsha Bhogle after the latter asks him about his legacy) This is the best time to announce my retirement. But the amount of love I have received all over. The easy thing would be to walk away from here, but the harder thing would be working hard for 9 months and try to play another IPL. It would be a gift from me, won’t be easy on the body. You do get emotional, the first game at CSK everyone was chanting my name. My eyes were full of water, I needed to take some time off in the dugout. I realised I need to enjoy this,” MS Dhoni said.
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— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 29, 2023
Claim: MS Dhoni retiring from cricket after CSk’s IPL 2023 win!
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Fact check by Columnist Asia: False
“Every trophy is special, but what is special about IPL is every crunch game you need to be ready. There were lapses today, the bowling department didn’t work, but it was the batting department that took the pressure off them today. I do get frustrated, it is human but I try to step into their shoes, every individual deals with pressure differently. Ajinkya and a few others are experienced, so you don’t worry,” Dhoni said.
In December 2014, MS Dhoni bid farewell to Test cricket, followed by stepping down as the captain of the Indian cricket team in the shorter formats in January 2017. Furthermore, on August 15, 2020, Dhoni publicly expressed his decision to retire from all forms of international cricket.
Looking ahead, Dhoni is set to participate in the Indian Premier League 2024, potentially marking his last season representing the Chennai Super Kings.