Dhoni does not intend to play for CSK for the full season, according to this former cricketer.

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Modified Nov 29, 2021 5:24 PM IST

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MS Dhoni’s retention is probably likely, but it is not clear if he will be the first choice, considering the top pick earns the biggest salary for each team.  

MS Dhoni, the captain of the Chennai Super Kings, has not shown any signs of slowing down despite being 40 years old. Having won the IPL 2021 title in October with ease, CSK was led to another title in this year’s IPL by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Everyone is wondering what is going to happen to Dhoni as CSK captain as the IPL deadline approaches on November 30.

Three local players and one overseas player may be retained per team. CSK is unlikely to retain captain MS Dhoni, as each team will pay the most for its top pick. At a felicitation ceremony in Chennai, Dhoni once said he hoped his last T20 match would be in Chennai. No matter how long from now or next year, the answer is not obvious. In 2020, Dhoni retired from international cricket. However, he is currently the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and serves as the Team Mentor for the Indian Cricket Team at the T20 World Cup in 2021. Therefore, his retention is very important.

In addition to MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, Rupturaj Gaikwad might have a successful career as a leader. Despite that, Faf du Plessis is 37 years old. Moeen Ali or Sam Curran is my fourth choice for retention. “I believe you should not lose an all-arounder,” concluded Pathan.