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'Don't Think This Is His Last Game' Rayudu Believes MS Dhoni Is 'Definitely Not' Retiring

MS Dhoni against RCB at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium [AP]MS Dhoni against RCB at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium [AP]

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been eliminated from the IPL 2024 season following a 27-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.

In the aftermath of CSK's loss, former India batter Ambati Rayudu shared his thoughts on the Indian legend and former CSK captain MS Dhoni. 

Speaking on Star Sports Cricket Live, Rayudu expressed his belief that Dhoni hasn't played his last match in the IPL and urged the BCCI to continue with the contentious impact player rule, suggesting it could help the long-serving legend extend his career in top-flight cricket.

Ambati Rayudu on MS Dhoni

"I don't think this is his last game. I just don't see him wanting to end on this note," Rayudu stated.

The five-time champions needed 17 runs in the final over to qualify for the playoffs on a better NRR. Despite a humungous six by Dhoni, RCB bowler Yash Dayal got rid of him to secure the win for RCB. 

As RCB players celebrated their victory, Dhoni shook hands with the opposition's reserves and support staff before quietly heading to the dressing room.

"He looked a little frustrated, even when he got out. That's very unlike MS Dhoni; he just wanted to qualify and finish on a high. But you never know with MS Dhoni, he might come back next year," Rayudu added.

Despite the defeat, Dhoni's performance was notable as he scored 25 off 13 balls, including three fours and a massive six, demonstrating his enduring ability to send the ball a long way.