IPL 2023: What did Dhoni say about his retirement?

CSK wins their 5th IPL title in a close final as Jadeja’s heroics secure victory. Dhoni talks about retirement and reveals future plans for the next season.

In a closely contested IPL 2023 finals, Chennai Super Kings defeated Gujarat Titans by 5 wickets to win their 5th IPL title. Now CSK has the same number of titles as Mumbai Indians. Even though MS Dhoni could not get a fairytale finish on the night of finals as he was dismissed for a golden duck. Ravindra Jadeja emerged as the hero for the ‘Men in Yellow’ as he scored 10 runs off the last two balls. He struck a six on the penultimate ball and followed it by a four on the last ball. Here is what MS Dhoni said about his retirement.

Harsha Bhogle during the post-match conference asked Dhoni, “I asked you when you last won a trophy, about the legacy you leave behind in CSK. You said ‘I haven’t left it behind yet.” 

MS Dhoni in response said that he has 6-7 months to decide on his future in the IPL. Dhoni said, “Looking for an answer? Circumstantially if you see, this is the best time to announce my retirement. But the amount of love and affection I have been shown wherever I have been this year, the easy thing would be for me to say ‘Thank you very much’, but the tough thing for me is to work hard for another 9 months and come back and play at least 1 more season of IPL. A lot depends on the body, I have 6-7 months to decide. It will be more like a gift from my side, it’s not easy for me but that’s a gift.”

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Dhoni even talked about the opening match of the IPL 2023 against Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium. He acknowledged that he got tears in his eyes hearing the crowd chant his name. It was something that he would hear a lot of times during the course of the season as wherever Dhoni and CSK went this season their fans followed them. In away matches in Eden Gardens in Kolkata or Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, it was a sea of yellow as fans came in huge numbers to bid farewell to the legendary cricketer.

MS Dhoni said, “You do get emotional simply because it’s the last part of my career, it started over here and the first game when I walked down everyone was chanting my name. My eyes were full of water and I just stood there in the dugout for a while. I realised I want to enjoy this. It was the same thing in Chennai, it was my last game over there but it will be good to come back and play whatever I can. I think they love me for what I am, they love that I am so grounded, I don’t try to portray something I’m not. Just keep it simple.”

MS Dhoni created another record as yesterday he became the first cricketer to play in 250 IPL matches.

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