MS Dhoni: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans are eagerly waiting to know if the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be the last one for their charismatic captain MS Dhoni, who has led the franchise to five titles. However, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan has refused to comment on the speculations, saying that only Dhoni himself can answer that question.
Viswanathan was speaking at the launch of the Junior Super Kings event in Chennai on Saturday, where he was asked about the future of the 41-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman. “That I do not know. As far as the captain is concerned, he will answer you directly. He does not tell us what he is going to do,” he said.
The CEO, however, revealed that MS Dhoni is recovering well from his knee surgery that he underwent earlier this year, after the 2023 IPL season. He said that Dhoni has started his gym sessions and will hit the nets in the first week of January. “He is doing well now. He has started his rehab. He started working in the gym. And, probably in another ten days he’ll also start working in the nets,” he said.
Viswanathan also said that CSK, the defending champions, will hold their preparatory camp from the first week of March, ahead of the IPL 2024 season, which is likely to start from March 22. “We are planning for a camp somewhere by the first week of March. The IPL season is likely to start by 22nd of March. So, we will have our first camp by the first week in Chennai,” he said.
CSK have bolstered their squad by picking up six players at the mini-auction last week in Dubai. They have added Shardul Thakur ( ₹4 crore), Rachin Ravindra ( ₹1.8 crore), Daryl Mitchell ( ₹14 crore), Sameer Rizvi ( ₹8.4 crore), Mustafizur Rahman ( ₹2 crore) and Avanish Rao Aravelly ( ₹20 lakh) to their roster, hoping to retain their dominance in the IPL.
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