Saba Karim has said that it is difficult to speculate if IPL 2022 is the last time MS Dhoni will be seen playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, Dhoni has led CSK to a fourth IPL title last year. While there have been a lot of debates about him continuing to play in the IPL, the himself mentioned that he would like to play his last game at Chepauk only.
During a discussion on India News, Saba Karim said: “It is better not to say anything about MS Dhoni. When he will play, how many matches he will play, how many more years he will play, it is very difficult to say that because he is a player who is a one-man army. CSK has full faith that Dhoni will not only captain well but his contribution is of a different type, he has the ability to unearth young players and give them opportunities. That is why I feel, we will have to wait this season at least. It will depend on how CSK performs and Dhoni’s fitness level and performance.”
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni would also want to mentor the next CSK captain before he announces his retirement from the league. While Ravindra Jadeja might be the favorite for the captaincy role, Ruturaj Gaikwad could also be another option as well. However, Jadeja had done reasonably well with his all-round performances for CSK in IPL 2021. And, alongside Dhoni, CSK has retained him as well.
On the other hand, Reetinder Sodhi wants MS Dhoni to bat slightly up in the batting order in IPL 2022. He added: “MS Dhoni has to bat up the order because he is no longer the same finisher that he was known to be a few years back. If he takes his time, comes in the 10th or 11th over, he can hit the lusty blows later. MS Dhoni knows that he is the key to CSK’s prospects. Ravindra Jadeja’s form will be very important. The way he batted in the Mohali Test match, the way he is bowling, these are great signs for Chennai that if he picks form, he can take Chennai to the IPL final. Ravindra Jadeja, Dhoni – all these big players have to take a lot of responsibility.”