Legendary South African cricketer AB de Villiers has weighed in on the future of Indian cricket stalwart MS Dhoni in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Triumph and surgery aftermath for MS Dhoni

Following Dhoni’s successful captaincy in leading the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fifth IPL title in 2023 after beating Hardik Pandya-led Gujrat Titans (GT) by five-wickets in a closely contested final, he underwent knee surgery and has been focused on rehab and fitness.

CSK’s strategic retention and player releases ahead of IPL 2024 auction

Despite widespread speculation that IPL 2023 would mark Dhoni’s final appearance in the tournament, he was retained as the captain for CSK in the upcoming IPL 2024. CSK, after releasing eight players, effectively retained the core of their team, including Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

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AB de Villiers’ perspective on Dhoni’s IPL future

De Villiers expressed his delight at seeing Dhoni’s name in the CSK retention list. Acknowledging the earlier speculation about Dhoni’s potential exit, the 39-year-old emphasized the unpredictability of the legendary captain’s decisions. Dhoni’s continued presence in the CSK squad adds an element of excitement and anticipation for fans eager to witness his further contributions in the IPL

“I see that man’s name on the retention list, and it just makes me happy. There was a lot of talk about it in the last season about whether it was going to be his last season. He is moving on to 2024 to play another IPL season. With him, he is always full of surprises. Maybe he has got three more to go, who knows? But It is just great to see his name on there,” De Villiers said on his Youtube channel.

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