During the award ceremony following CSK’s 15-run win over the Gujarat Titans, renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle inquired about Dhoni’s plans for the future, explicitly questioning if he would play for Chennai again. Dhoni responded with his characteristic calmness, stating that he had eight to nine months to decide and did not want to burden himself with the thought. He expressed his preference to stay with Chennai, indicating his enduring loyalty to the franchise.
Dhoni hinted at considering his playing future during the upcoming IPL auction scheduled for December. Focusing on the current season, he acknowledged the time to reflect and make a well-informed decision. Dhoni’s dedication to the Chennai Super Kings has been unwavering, and fans eagerly await his final verdict.
Harsha Bhogle – Will we see you play here at Chepauk again?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni said, ‘I don’t know, I have eight-nine months to decide. I have enough time to think, so I don’t want to give myself a headache thinking about it right now. But I will be with CSK, whether in playing capacity or sitting outside. The next IPL auction is in December. I will think about it at that time. I have been out of home since January this year, practicing since March.
Chennai Super Kings‘ journey to the IPL final was facilitated by their impressive victory over the Gujarat Titans in the first qualifier match. Rituraj Gaikwad’s half-century innings played a pivotal role as CSK posted a challenging total of 172 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Gaikwad’s 60-run knockoff 44 deliveries laid the foundation for their victory. In response, the Gujarat Titans were bowled out for 157 runs on the last ball, granting CSK their 10th IPL final ticket.
Despite their defeat in the qualifier, the Gujarat Titans showcased their prowess throughout the IPL 2023 season. Their strong performances earned them a spot in the qualifiers, where they will now face the winner of the eliminator match between the Lucknow Supergiants and the Mumbai Indians. The Titans can take pride in their campaign and look forward to a bright future.