With the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, there has been only one big topic of conversation that fans and cricket experts have all talked about. This hot topic is none other than the possibility that MS Dhoni will leave the prized league. Many cricket fans and experts think that this is definitely the last season for the experienced captain of the Chennai Super Kings. On the other hand, some people think that the “Impact Player” rule will help Dhoni extend his cricket career.
Even though the CSK captain recently confirmed that he will not be retiring by saying that he will take some time to think about his future. The man from Ranchi didn’t say anything about whether or not he would play in the game the following year. In the same way, Virender Sehwag, a former Indian opener who played for Team India when MS Dhoni was captain, talked about the future of the CSK leader. The legendary opener said that the 41-year-old will either quit or play for the first team going forward, but he won’t play for the Impact as a sub.
Sehwag also said that it wasn’t that hard to play cricket in your 40s as long as you were in good shape. The experienced Indian player also pointed out that, given where Dhoni has batted in the IPL 2023, he has only played about 40–50 balls so far this season.
“MS Dhoni doesn’t fall under the “Impact Player” rule. Because he only wants to be captain. For him to be captain, he has to stay on the ground. The Impact Player rule is for a batter who doesn’t need to play or a bowler who doesn’t need to bat. Dhoni has to field for 20 overs. If he’s not the captain, he won’t even play as an Impact Player. Then you’ll see him as a guide, coach, or Director of Cricket,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
It will keep extending his career with the Impact Player rule: Bravo
The bowling coach for the Chennai Super Kings, Dwayne Bravo, recently told the team what he thought about MS Dhoni’s future. This was a very different point of view. The famous West Indian thinks that the new rule for “Impact Players” will help the famous wicketkeeper-batsman spend less time on the field. So, this rule will help the CSK captain and allow him to keep playing cricket for a longer time.
“100 per cent. Even more so with the rule about “Impact Player.” It will keep his career going,” Bravo told Star Sports last week after CSK made it to the final.
Notably, the team led by MS Dhoni will play against Gujarat Titans on Monday, May 29. This is because the big IPL final had to be moved because it kept raining. The Chennai Super Kings will try to win their fifth IPL trophy, while the hosts will try to protect their IPL trophy and win their second straight title.