When the fans of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were rejoicing on Friday after the team's victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), their smiles were taken away by CSK's skipper MS Dhoni, who dropped a shocking hint that what has been speculated would become true - the current season would be his last season.
41-year-old MS Dhoni is an iconic cricketer and he has been captaining the CSK since the start of the IPL in 2008, barring two seasons in wake of a ban imposed on the team a few years ago. Chennai has been a second home for Dhoni and he has earned a sea of fans and followers in the city. As the CSK has resumed playing IPL in Chennai after four years, Dhoni's comeback was 'shouldn't be missed affair' for the fans.
To watch the team play at Chennai's Chepauk Stadium, the yellove wave of fans would throng everytime and such rousing trend was visible on Friday when CSK took on SRH. MS Dhoni-led team was successful in curbing the SRH batsmen from scoring high and eventually, CSK won the match by seven wickets and registered its fourth victory in the season.
When the presentation ceremony was underway amid bustling ambience, MS Dhoni took the fans aback through his shocking statement. Hinting that he could be playing in his last IPL season, Dhoni stated, "It's the last phase of my career." When he threw the hint, the smiles were gone as the fans were stunned hear from the man whom they expect to be with the team for some more time.
Dhoni said, "All said and done, it's the last phase of my career, however long I play. After two years, the fans have had the opportunity to come here and watch, feels good to be here. Crowd has given us a lot of love and affection. Not getting enough chances to bat, but no complaints."
He further said, "I was hesitant to bat second because I had that feeling there won't be a lot of dew. When there are chances of dew, you have to bat second. Spinners once they came in, bowled a very good length. Fast bowlers once they came back, especially Pathirana, bowled superbly."