Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni can take over as a mentor or head coach job for the side next IPL season if he does not want to continue playing as well. He stated that after CSK got eliminated from the playoff race by Mumbai Indians after the MS Dhoni-led side lost the game by 5 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
Dhoni has amassed 199 runs in 12 IPL 2022 matches which came at an average of 39.80 and a strike rate of over 130 as well. However, CSK were the second team to be eliminated from the playoff race after Mumbai Indians, who are at the bottom of the points table with just three wins in 12 matches.
“He can obviously continue playing next season if he wants to. But, if he doesn’t want to continue playing, he can return as a mentor or even a head coach. That would not be a bad role for him. It all depends on Dhoni. He is an asset. Either he is in the team or with the team,” Akhtar said while speaking to Sportskeeda. “CSK’s management looked non-serious this time. Why the captaincy went to Jadeja we do not know. But they need to come back with a clear mind next season.
Akhtar, however, also added that nobody can read what’s going on in MS Dhoni’s mind and he might announce his retirement the way he did before. Notably, MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2022, with an Instagram video, including the clips of his India career and a classic Bollywood song alongside it as well.
“Dhoni might just play another song and announce his retirement. One really cannot predict what he can do. It’s just the kind of person he is. If he suddenly feels that he has to retire, he will do it. To be honest, the time has come for a few players. There are no ifs and buts in franchise cricket,” Akhtar concluded.