MS Dhoni’s possible retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been the most discussed topic in the tournament this year. The 2011 World Cup-winning skipper previously said he would like to bid farewell to the IPL after playing for his home crowd one last time in Chennai. With the reintroduction of the original IPL home format this season, many perceived that Dhoni would make his last appearance in the competition in 2023. The legendary Indian skipper even hinted at his retirement earlier this season after saying that “it is the last phase” of his career.
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Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has now opened up on Dhoni’s much talked about IPL retirement. Asked about the highly controversial issue, the former New Zealand skipper said: “No, he [Dhoni] didn’t say anything.
Dhoni has so far scored 74 points at a strike rate of 211.43 in this season’s IPL. Having won four IPL titles with Chennai so far, he is one of the most successful captains in the history of the tournament. Dhoni also became the first-ever player to lead a single franchise in 200 IPL matches.
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Apart from his magnificent leadership prowess, Dhoni has also managed to captivate the fans with his sublime staff. He became just the seventh player in IPL history to complete 5,000 runs in the competition. Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and AB de Villiers are the six players remaining on the elite batting roster. After playing 243 games, Dhoni has 5052 carries to his name at a strike rate of 135.92. Dhoni also holds the record for most IPL appearances.
Chennai under the guidance of MS Dhoni could not kick off their IPL 2023 journey on a winning note. In the season opener, they were defeated by defending champions Gujarat Titans by five wickets. But five wins from the next six matches helped Chennai improve their position in the IPL 2023 rankings. Chennai, with 10 points to their name, currently sit fourth in the points table. In their next game, Chennai will face Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday. Chennai will head into the contest after losing their last two games.
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