Dhoni Considers Retirement After Chennai's Thrilling Last-Ball Win

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 31 May 2023
Dhoni Considers Retirement After Chennai's Thrilling Last-Ball Win

During this season's IPL, the retirement of Indian cricket superstar MS Dhoni became a subject of widespread discussion in every match he played. Pundits engaged in speculation regarding the course of action that the Chennai Super Kings would take, while fans across the country fervently hoped that Dhoni would not announce his departure, as it would be a heartbreaking moment.

Despite evading questions about his retirement, MS Dhoni finally addressed the subject during the presentation ceremony following the IPL 2023 final in Ahmedabad. Dhoni announced his intention to return for the next IPL season after he led Chennai Super Kings to a record-equaling fifth title over Gujarat Titans in what many believed to be his last match.

Chennai successfully pursued their revised target of 171 in 15 overs with Ravindra Jadeja's impactful performance during a rain-affected final in Ahmedabad. The match, which had been rescheduled due to a washout on Sunday, was postponed to the early hours of Tuesday.

New Zealand's Devon Conway led the chase with his 25-ball 47 before cameos from Ajinkya Rahane (27) and Shivam Dube, who hit an unbeaten 32, set the stage for Jadeja's heroics.

In the final over, with 13 runs required, Mohit Sharma bowled effectively, but Jadeja's match-winning hits secured victory for Chennai and triggered wild celebrations at the world's biggest cricket stadium.

At the end of a long presentation ceremony, commentator Harsha Bhogle asked an expected question to Dhoni, leaving the entire stadium in suspense.

"Circumstantially if you see, this is the best time to announce my retirement. But the amount of love and affection I have been shown wherever I have been this year, the easy thing would be for me to say "Thank you very much", but the tough thing for me is to work hard for another 9 months and come back and play at least 1 more season of IPL," said the 41-year-old Dhoni.