Is Dhoni thinking of retiring from IPL?

MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings(CSK) had a horrendous tournament this season. The team has won only 5 games out of their 13 league matches. The management also dealt with a lot of issues since the start of the 13th edition of IPL, with two seasoned players—Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh—pulling out of the league citing personal reasons.

After lifting three IPL trophies so far, this is the first time that CSK finds itself at the bottom of the IPL points table in the latter half of this edition’s IPL. Critics are questioning Dhoni’s strategy of banking on experienced players and not giving the younger lot a bigger chunk of the responsibility. Winning the match against Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) on Friday was however a much needed boost for the Dhoni camp.

Speculations are also rife that captain MS Dhoni is mulling retirement from the IPL T20 format of the game. According to sources, there might be a major overhaul in the CSK team for the next season after a poor display of cricketing skills. For the first time in the history of IPL, CSK will not compete in the playoffs.

Speculations over MS Dhoni’s retirement were raised as the former Indian cricket team captain gave away his jerseys in two consecutive games, following CSK’s loss to Rajasthan Royals(RR) and Mumbai Indians(MI). Dhoni gave his number seven jersey to the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal. Both players were delighted to have gotten the jerseys. This was the second consecutive time that MS Dhoni had given away his jersey in IPL 2020, with his 200th match jersey being presented to England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler.

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Dhoni is having a torrid time halfway into the IPL games. Having played 13 matches with only 200 runs in his bag, Dhoni’s captaincy and his cricketing skills are a big question mark. The most disappointing is his strike rate of 113, personal lowest in the history of IPL. Earlier in 2009, his strike rate was less than 128. Not the best news for Dhoni’s fans who have known their favourite cricketer as being calm and composed and one who doesn’t break down easily.

Despite a poor show in the 13th edition of the IPL, Dhoni recently achieved the feat of scoring 4000 runs for the CSK and claiming 150 dismissals in the league. That is some good news and much need cheer for Dhoni who is struggling with an unlucky ’13’ as this edition of the IPL has proved to be for the stalwart of cricket and his team.

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