‘I’d be extremely surprised if…’: Pietersen’s blockbuster statement on Dhoni

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen is positive that the iconic cricketer MS Dhoni will continue to play for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for another season in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni, who is one of the most successful players in the history of the game and captain of CSK, has been rumored to retire at the conclusion of the season. Pietersen has issued a blockbuster statement on Dhoni(PTI-ANI)

CSK, the four-time champions, took a celebratory lap at the Chepauk after their final home game of the IPL 2023 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar experienced an emotional moment when he approached Dhoni for an autograph on his shirt. Pietersen, who was present at the event, expressed that he would be ‘extremely surprised’ if Dhoni decides to retire at the conclusion of IPL 2023.

“I was there for Dhoni’s lap of honour on Sunday, and it was incredible to see how the stadium stayed completely full. I’d be extremely surprised if this is his last season. I think this impact player rule actually helps him tremendously, where he can keep for 20 overs and bat wherever he wants to bat,” Pietersen wrote in his column for Betway.

Under Dhoni’s leadership, CSK won four IPL titles since the tournament’s inception in 2008. CSK bounced back from a disastrous 2022 season and is currently in pole position to enter the playoff stage of IPL 2023. Dhoni and Co. are occupying the second spot on the IPL 2023 points table with 15 points from 13 matches this season.

“He makes the team better with the decisions he makes as a captain, and his keeping has been tremendous. It’s not like he takes a batting position up, because he tends to come in at seven, eight or nine to whack a few deliveries. He’ll have the opportunity for eight or nine months of rest, sort his knee out, and get himself fit and ready for another season. I hope it’s not the last we see of Dhoni, and I know everybody in the country would want him to play another season,” Pietersen added.

Kevin Pietersen encourages MS Dhoni by continuing to troll him with an old comment and posting two videos while the CSK skipper maintains his silence.

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