MS Dhoni gave his legions of fans a parting gift on Friday as Chennai Super Kings geared up for their final match of IPL 2022, taking on Rajasthan Royals at the Brabourne Stadium. Dhoni ended all speculations surrounding his impending IPL retirement by confirming he will be seen in CSK colours next season as well.
“Well, I think definitely,” Dhoni responded when Ian Bishop asked him whether he will be playing next season.
Dhoni then explained why he’s not ready to say goodbye, yet. “And it’s a simple reason – It will be unfair to not play in Chennai and say thank you. Mumbai is one place where as a team and as an individual I have got a lot of love and affection. It won’t be nice to CSK fans. Also, hopefully next year teams will be travelling so it will be a thank you to the different venues where we will be playing.”
CSK’s official Twitter handle responded to the development with a graphic that read ‘Definitely Yes’. And fans were quick to latch onto that.
Why do journalists & others want Dhoni to retire? Jealousy?#MSDhoni IS..
PLAYING BETTER THAN OTHERS.
RUNNING BETTER THAN OTHERS.
KEEPING BETTER THAN….
— Srini (@srini_bala) May 20, 2022
Do you think”definitely”is just a word!No yaar ,It’s our , msdians’s emotion ❤️ the word “definitely”is a brand! #msdianforever
— Soumi Syam (@SoumiSyam) May 20, 2022
— MSDian_rp (@itsmsdfg) May 20, 2022
He Talks, He Inspires..
He Walks, He Inspires..
He Plays, He Inspires..
He Looks, He Inspires..
Whatever He does, He Inspires..
One Life! One Love! CSK & DHONI! pic.twitter.com/GgGaS5Xyzy
— Praveen Balusu (@PraveenBalusu1) May 20, 2022
— Rodony (@Rodony_) May 20, 2022
MS Dhoni : Hopefully, Yes.
MS Dhoni : Definitely, Not.
Dhoni : Still I haven’t left behind.
— Marish (@marisheulalin) May 20, 2022
But will IPL 2023 be Dhoni’s last? “Whether it will be my final season or not that’s a big question because you cannot predict something that big two years down the line. Definitely I will be working hard to come back strong next year,” Dhoni said.