Legendary Indian cricketer MS Dhoni is perhaps going to play his last leg of cricket next year as he would most likely be taking on a new and bigger task of redeeming the Indian team at the shorter format of the game. It's certain that Dhoni is going to lead his favorite Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2023 as the heat around the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League is getting simmered after the team's recent overhaul.
Though the CSK management strongly asserted its association with Dhoni, the latter's journey is expected to change after IPL 2023. According to a report in The Telegraph, Dhoni is expected to retire after next year's IPL after which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is eager to induct him towards some capacity and contribution to Indian cricket, as the iconic skipper has crowned the Indian team with various honorary caps during his tenure.
It has been reported that Dhoni may be asked to work with a specialized set of players on the national side to relieve current coach Rahul Dravid from managing all three formats. We can expect that Dhoni can be assigned to revive the T20 team, particularly after the team's disastrous exit in the recently-held T20 World Cup. The report says, "There has been a talk in the BCCI about including Mahendra Singh Dhoni in some capacity with the T20 side to bring in the expert skill for that fearless brand of cricket in ICC tournaments."
It must be noted that Dhoni worked with the team during last year's T20 World Cup in the UAE. The reports also suggest that as India has got an impending cricket series with New Zealand, it is vital that the team must put on a comeback show in the upcoming years including the next World Cup. With the view of utilizing Dhoni's experience to build a T20 team, BCCI is mulling giving him this task after the IPL 2023.
On the other hand, the ardent Dhoni and CSK fans are waiting to spectacle the roaring comeback from him in the upcoming season as the CSK had a historical downfall in the last edition. Recently, speaking about Dhoni's association with the team, CSK's Chief Viswanathan has confirmed that the former Indian skipper will lead the fleet in the 2023 edition of the IPL. He expressed his confidence that the team will perform well under Dhoni's ace captaincy.
Interestingly, the CSK fans in Chennai are in delight with the development that the team will most likely be playing on their home ground, the MA Chidambaram Stadium in the city after two years. Speaking about the development, Viswanathan told CSK TV, "Obviously, the last two years we were not able to play at home and the current decision is that we will be able to play in our home ground. We have taken that into account, and the team management based on that has decided to release the players." Recently, the team has released players including Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, and Robin Uthappa ahead of the mini IPL auction scheduled next month.