MS Dhoni Retirement

MS Dhoni will play for CSK in IPL 2024 []
MS Dhoni will play for CSK in IPL 2024 []

MS Dhoni is an emotion for all the Indian cricket fans. The legendary cricketer has had a stellar international and IPL career, laced with numerous accolades.

The explosive batter has captained India across formats and has helped them win three ICC trophies (World T20, 50-over World Cup, Champions Trophy). Interestingly, the last time India won an ICC trophy, was under the leadership of MS Dhoni in 2013, when the young Men in Blue captured the Champions Trophy in England.

A man of few words, MS Dhoni sent shockwaves when he announced his Test retirement towards the end of 2014. Fast forward 6 years later, he shockingly announced his retirement from the other two formats, however, till date he continues to mesmerise fans in the cash rich Indian Premier League.

Every year rumours circulate about Dhoni's IPL retirement, but 'Thala' as they call him in Chennai always turns up to win the coveted IPL for the Chennai Super Kings.

At 42, age is catching up to him. Will the 2024 season be his last in IPL?

Let us rewind and look back at his international retirement

MS Dhoni Test retirement

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India travelled to Australia in 2014 for a 4-match Test series. Dhoni missed out on the first Test and took part in the Brisbane and Melbourne Test. At the conclusion of the Melbourne Test on December 30, 2014, MS Dhoni shocked the entire cricketing fraternity when he announced his retirement from Test format.

Apparently, he took the retirement decision due to the strain of playing all three formats. The captaincy mantle was then passed onto Virat Kohli, who went onto become the 'greatest Test captain' of India.

MS Dhoni ODI and T20I retirement

MS Dhoni is hardly active on social media platforms. But on August 15, 2020, amidst the pandemic, the former India captain announced that he is retiring from ODI and T20I format, once again surprising his fans and well-wishers.

Much like his unpredictable nature, Dhoni announced his decision when no one saw it coming. It marked the end of an era in Indian cricket, as MS Dhoni had served the nation for almost 16 years.

His retirement announcement came via an Instagram post, with a collection of photos from his playing days. The two-time World Cup winner played his last international match in 2019, which was against New Zealand in the semi-finale of the ICC World Cup.

MS Dhoni IPL retirement

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Year after year, speculations begin that 'this' could be MS Dhoni's last season in IPL. However, each year the rumours get quashed as the CSK legend turns up for his side, leading an experienced lineup.

Last season, MS Dhoni did give hints about his IPL retirement, but nothing came true as the 5-time IPL winner will lead the CSK side once again in the upcoming edition of the Indian cash-rich league.

What does MS Dhoni do now?

MS Dhoni only plays IPL at the moment, that goes on for almost two months. Apart from that, he prefers to stay away from the limelight and enjoys his time in his farmhouse in Ranchi. MS Dhoni's love for bikes is widely known by everyone and in his free time, he prefers bike-ride in Ranchi. 

Not only cricket, but MSD also loves playing other sports and can be seen playing Tennis to stay in proper shape. Just a day before the IPL 2024, MS Dhoni CSK gave a shocking news when they announced Ruturaj Gaikwad as their new skipper. This speculated that the 2024 season could be the last for the legend.

MS Dhoni retirement: Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1. Is MS Dhoni retiring?

Answer: MS Dhoni last played for India in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, and announced his retirement in August 2020. Post that, MSD has continued to represent the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and will play for them in the upcoming IPL as well.

Q.2. Is no.7 jersey retired by BCCI?

Answer: MS Dhoni's iconic no.7 jersey has been retired by the BCCI, as a tribute to the legendary MS Dhoni for his contribution to the Indian cricket. Apart from No.7, BCCI have also retired the No.10 jersey, worn by the great Sachin Tendulkar.

Q.3. Will Dhoni play IPL 2024?

Answer: Post the triumph at the IPL 2023, MS Dhoni announced that he is not retiring and will once again represent CSK in the IPL 2024 season.