IPL 2024: Dhoni to get treated in London

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 20, 2024 IST

M S Dhoni

New Delhi, May 20: He is an enigma, a legend, a fighter, an excellent leader and a silent shock absorber.

But at times, he too faces failures. Not only because of his cricketing abilities, but due to injuries too. In Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been very warmly greeted for all his moves as a player on the field across the country.

He has exhibited his super-human abilities with both the bat and the gloves as well. His moves behind the wicket were stunning. His big hits too cheered loudly.

But in one of the crucial games against RCB on Sunday, he just could not get going as planned. RCB bowler Yash Dayal after being hit once out of the stadium, got better of the Master Finisher Dhoni.

As a result, RCB made into the play-offs and the most successful IPL team in its history, the CSK were stopped from entering the playoffs.

With questions flying thick and fast about his IPL retirement, Dhoni is planning a visit to London for treatment of a muscle tear injury, CSK sources have said. Dhoni will take a call on his future course of action post-recovery, the sources said.

 CSK got eliminated from the Playoffs race of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 after a heart-wrenching defeat to Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in a do-or-die match on Saturday.

It will be only the third time that the five-time champion won’t feature in the IPL playoffs. The defending champions suffered a 27-run defeat at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and as soon as M.S. Dhoni walked out of the ground scoring 25 off 13 deliveries, the speculation grew regarding his future.

However, in the latest development sources privy to information told IANS that Dhoni would be deciding about his retirement only after having surgery in London.

“Dhoni might head to London for his muscle tear surgery which saw him struggling during the IPL. He is not fully fit but wants to continue to play cricket and he will only decide about his future after treatment which will take him five to six months to recover,” sources told IANS.

Chasing 219, CSK faltered in the middle overs after recovering from the sloppy start. Rachin Ravindra's 61-run and Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten 42 failed to guide the defending champion over the line.

Despite finishing the campaign with 14 points same as RCB in the league stage, CSK failed to seal the berth due to the latter's superior net run-rate.

With CSK ending their campaign in the IPL, fans and experts speculated that it could be Dhoni's final season for the franchise, but the veteran has kept his cards close to heart and headed back home after the match on Sunday.

Agreed, Dhoni is not the same cricketer as he was decades back. Age and cricket have their impact on his body. But as always, Dhoni never gives up with a try. Perhaps, he will take a decision on his IPL playing career after treatment  in London. (With IANS support)

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  • Indian Premier League (IPL)
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
  • IPL 2024
  • Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB)
  • Yash Dayal

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