He'd Go Out In Style: Matthew Hayden On MSD's Legendary Career

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Former Chennai Super Kings player, Matthew Hayden praised the team's former skipper, MS Dhoni and said that he would want to go out in style during the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to begin on March 31.

Although unannounced, the upcoming IPL season is expected to be Dhoni’s last season in the T20 league. Under MSD's Captaincy, Chennai Super Kings has successfully registered four wins. He has been a part of CSK ever since IPL began in 2008.

“So for MS Dhoni, I think this year in particular, it’s going to be a year celebrated like no other. It’s the finish I believe of the legacy of MS Dhoni and he will want to go out in style with his fans, who’d want him to go out in style as well. It’s going to be remarkable, just the amount of supporters, the Yellow Army that is going to pile into the Chepauk Stadium,” Hayden told Star Sports.

He also praised Dhoni for his ability to revitalize a team, even while being with the same group of players. 

"MS Dhoni has a way of revitalizing, revamping, making it just a completely different look and feel to the side, even though it’s had this great tag of having complete trust in few players and having retained most of their players,” he added.

Talking about MSD's iconic return to Chepauk and his expectional performance at IPL 2023 for probably the last time, he said: “Their record at home, at Chepauk, is undeniably the best in the IPL. That venue is a fortress. And they are going to have MS Dhoni as their captain, arguably for the last time and that’s going to be one of those moments that no one is ever going to forget. He has especially stayed on in the IPL to say goodbye to his fans at Chepauk and they are going to turn up like you just couldn’t imagine.” 

CSK is set to take on Hardik Pandya's Gujarat Titans in the inaugural match of the IPL at the Narendra Modi Stadium on March 31 in Ahmedabad.