The Ranchi-born World Cup-winning skipper arrived on the M Chidambaran Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, for his first day of observe forward of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 13th season. Some time, in the course of his observe session, distant from prying eyes – contemplating the Chepauk services are inside a short lived bio-secure bubble and shut for all outsiders, Dhoni got here out with the Instagram put up – a collage of his Team India photos and a track to go along with it.
“Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon…” from the film Kabhie Kabhie performed because the put up went viral inside minutes whereas Dhoni’s long-time buddy and teammate Suresh Raina additionally introduced his retirement whereas replying to Dhoni’s Instagram put up.
Senior executives on the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise – Dhoni’s house for 13 years now outdoors of Team India and Jharkhand – too have been left shocked after listening to concerning the put up. “No concept the place that one got here from. But that’s MSD, isn’t it,” a senior CSK official stated.
Some stated, it was Dhoni’s approach of saying that the time had come for him to lastly bid goodbye to his Team India stint and begin concentrating on Chennai Super King’s build-up to this yr’s IPL, thus spelling out his priorities. “T20 World Cup would’ve been ideally suited, however contemplating that’s not occurring now, he’ll need to stroll away with an IPL trophy for CSK,” these monitoring developments stated.
While the announcement itself comes throughout as a surprising one, given the abrupt, silent nature of his Instagram put up, the timing just isn’t such a stunning one. The wicket-keeper-batsman was anticipated to stroll away from the sport on the worldwide degree put up the T20 World Cup in Australia, which has now been postponed. The T20 World Cup was purported to be his closing Team India dedication – with Dhoni trying to finish his profession in the identical event that he first made his mark as a captain. “That was the unique plan. He would put together for the T20 World Cup by the use of taking part within the IPL after which go ahead from there. All of that obtained disrupted by Covid,” say these within the know. “The industrial preparations have been resulting from arrive at a sure inflection level put up the T20 World Cup and that will’ve finally seen his exit anyway”.
An in depth buddy of the cricketer couldn’t assist however draw parallels with Dhoni’s final dismissal in an India jersey – falling in need of the crease because the New Zealanders ran him out within the World Cup semi-final final yr. “He simply fell in need of one other proverbial crease as a result of T20 was purported to be his closing swansong,” the buddy added.
Considered one of many biggest finishers ever in white-ball cricket, Dhoni is most actually anticipated to make this yr’s IPL his final. Those who see the cricketer’s viewpoint insist that post-retirement, “MS could be anticipated to change into a part of the sport’s administration at some degree”. Dhoni, for all sensible functions, has been on the helm of the Super Kings franchise, managing the crew, its commercials, the model, whereas additionally main the crew efficiently.
“All these years have allowed him to grasp the sport at a number of ranges, from its operations and logistics to administration, the funds and all. He’ll be a prepared product to take cost of the sport’s administration at one degree or the opposite, as soon as he relieves himself from all cricketing duties as a participant,” sources add.