After defeating the Gujarat Titans in the final, Dhoni confirmed that his career is not over yet. He will give himself six to seven months and then decide on his future as CSK captain.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni expresses his feelings on very rare occasions. Ever since he chose not to participate in pre- or post-match press conferences, Dhoni is only heard at the time of the toss or talking to the broadcasters after the match. Dhoni spoke his mind after winning the IPL for the fifth time on Monday (May 29). He made the big disclosure at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad that he was crying in the dugout during the first match of the tournament at this ground.
After defeating the Gujarat Titans in the final, Dhoni confirmed that his career is not over yet. He will give himself six to seven months and then decide on his future as CSK captain. Dhoni said about getting emotional during the first match, “This is the last phase of my career. This is where you get emotional. This season started here, and when I went out to play in the first match, everyone was calling my name. Water came into my eyes. I stood for a while in the dugout. After some time, I realized that I should enjoy this time.
Why do people like Dhoni?
Talking to Harsha Bhogle, Dhoni further said, “Chennai was also like that with me. It was my last match there, but it would be nice to play on that ground again. People like me because of who I am. I feel like the fans relate to me. I don’t want to change myself.
Dhoni said, Every trophy is special, but the special thing about the IPL is that you need to be ready for every crunch game. This we have done. There were some lapses today; the bowling department didn’t do the job, but it was the batting department that took the pressure off them today. I get angry too. It’s human, but I try to put myself in their position. Everyone deals with pressure differently. Ajinkya and a few other players are experienced, so don’t think too much about them.
Dhoni equals Rohit Sharma.
The match against Gujarat was Dhoni’s 250th match in the IPL. In this league, he has scored 5082 runs in 250 matches at an average of 38.79 and a strike rate of 135.92. This includes 24 years. In IPL 2023, Dhoni scored 104 runs in 16 matches at an average of 26 and a strike rate of 182.45. CSK has won five titles under Dhoni’s captaincy. Dhoni equaled Rohit in terms of captains winning the most IPL trophies. Mumbai has won five trophies under Rohit’s captaincy. This was CSK’s 10th final under Dhoni’s captaincy.