IPL 2024
CSK Gears Up For MS Dhoni’s Potential Farewell In Last Home Game
By CricShots - May 12, 2024 1:41 pm
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The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are preparing for their final home game of the season against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, slated for Sunday, May 12. This match carries significant weight not just because of its implications for the playoffs but also due to the possibility that it might mark the end of an era for the iconic MS Dhoni at this venue.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni 

CSK has confirmed that their inspirational wicketkeeper-batter has been battling through pain throughout the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Reports circulating in the Indian media suggest that Dhoni has been playing despite a muscle tear, a situation reminiscent of a similar injury he dealt with last year.

Despite leading the Men in Yellow to their record-equaling fifth IPL title last season, Dhoni had to undergo knee surgery before aiming to participate in IPL 2024. If Chennai fails to secure a playoff spot, this game could potentially be Dhoni’s final appearance at Chepauk.

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CSK tweeted a poignant message ahead of their clash with the Royals, emphasizing Dhoni’s unwavering commitment despite his physical challenges. Despite grappling with injury, Dhoni has displayed stellar form this season. Not only has he been impeccable behind the stumps, but he has also showcased his trademark power-hitting prowess in the latter stages of the innings.

Across 10 innings, the 42-year-old has only been dismissed twice, accumulating 136 runs at an impressive average of 68 and a staggering strike rate of 226.67. His innings have been peppered with 11 fours and 12 sixes throughout IPL 2024. The Rajasthan Royals enter this contest on the back of two consecutive losses, with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance.

Victory against Chennai on Sunday would secure their passage to the playoffs. However, the defending champions themselves haven’t been in peak form, having suffered defeat in four of their last six games. While a win on Sunday would take them to 14 points, it wouldn’t guarantee them a spot in the playoffs.

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This encounter marks the sole meeting between these two sides in IPL 2024. CSK holds a slight advantage in the head-to-head record, having emerged victorious in 15 out of the 28 matches played against RR. The battle on Sunday promises to be intense, as both teams vie to handle the pressure and emerge triumphant.