MS Dhoni returns to Ranchi after CSK’s heartbreaking elimination from IPL 2024 – watch

Mrs Dhoni

MS Dhoni in action during the IPL 2024 match

Photo: BCCI

Former captain Mrs Dhoni he reached his hometown Ranchi on Sunday, a day later Chennai Super Kings‘(CSK) heartbreaking elimination from IPL 2024 season.

Five-time champions CSK were eliminated from IPL 2024 after losing to RCB by 27 runs on May 18, a Saturday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

With the victory over CSK, the Bengaluru-based franchise became the fourth team to qualify for IPL 2024 after Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

During the CSK MS chase Dhoni he scored a brave shot (25 out of 13), but that day it was not enough to lead his team to the victory line. The former captain was angry with himself for not finishing the job for his team.

However, after returning to his hometown, the CSK legend seemed to be in a lighter mood. The video shared on X shows the 42-year-old greeting and smiling at the fans who surrounded his car.

During IPL 2024, former captain MS Dhoni batted mostly lower order CSK and scored 161 runs in 14 matches at an impressive average of 53.67 and strike rate of 220.55.

There are speculations that the match against RCB could be Dhoni’s last match in the IPL.

CSK’s bowling consultant Eric Simmons was also asked about Dhoni’s future in the IPL and replied that only MS knows what he wants to do.

“Anyone who wants to speculate on his future would be crazy. MS knows what it will do. I have also seen him hitting the ball from pre-tournament camps till now. I’ve seen him hit it for a long time, so he’s playing exceptionally well and he’ll make his decision,” Simmons said.

Meanwhile, Matthew Hayden, who played with Dhoni at CSK, believes that the former India captain can mentor the Chennai team in the future.

“I think this is it. I believe this will be the last time MS Dhoni will play. This will certainly not be the last time we see MS Dhoni. I would be very surprised if he doesn’t mentor or become part of the CSK family in an official capacity,” Hayden said on Star Sports Cricket Live.

However, former Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu disagreed with Hayden, saying that MS Dhoni can also play in the next IPL season.

“I don’t think this is his last match. I just don’t see him wanting to end this way. He looked a little frustrated even when he left. 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 and with his role as an impact player, it gives him a chance to play the last few games and making a really big impact. Rayudu said.

“It is better that the BCCI does not remove the role of an impact player as we still want to watch MS Dhoni play. So now it all depends on BCCI. Whether we want to see MS Dhoni play or not,” he added.