Bravo highlighted that the new Impact Player rule would help Dhoni in prolonging his IPL career, adding that the 41-year-old plays a huge role by leading the team and keep it calm in pressure situations.
“100 percent (will he return to play for CSK in 2024?), especially with the Impact Player rule. He can keep prolonging his career. We bat really deep. I think the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube, these guys make a huge difference.
So you don’t require much from MS. But his ability to keep us calm while the team is under pressure is unmatched,” Bravo said while talking to Star Sports after CSK’s 15-run win over defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) in IPL 2023 Qualifier 1.
The win at the Chepauk in Chennai, fired CSK to their record-extending 10th IPL final. Being asked to bat first CSK posted 172/7 and then bundled out GT for 157 in 20 overs.
Harsha Bhogle also asked Dhoni about his retirement plans in the post-match presentation ceremony. The former India captain played safe and quipped he has got almost 10 months to take a call on it.
“I don’t know. I have 8-9 months to decide. The small auction will be around December. So why to take that headache right now? I have ample time to decide. But, I will always be there for CSK whether it’s in the playing form or sitting somewhere outside,” Dhoni told Bhogle.
CSK will face the winner of Qualifier 2 in the mega final on May 28 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
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