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MS Dhoni says he didn't get ‘discount for age’ as IPL retirement talks in full swing

MS Dhoni's enduring fitness challenges retirement speculation as he juggles IPL, family time, and hobbies like vintage cars and pets.

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  • 21, May, 2024
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MS Dhoni says he didn't get ‘discount for age’ as IPL retirement talks in full swing

MS Dhoni, the stalwart of Indian cricket, continues to defy age and expectations with his enduring presence in the Indian Premier League (IPL). As he inches closer to 44, the question arises: does he have another season left in him? Speculations about Dhoni's IPL retirement have become somewhat of a tradition in recent years, yet the man himself remains an enigma when it comes to predicting his future in the sport. One undeniable factor that has contributed to Dhoni's sustained performance is his unparalleled fitness. Despite managing a dodgy knee, which has limited his batting appearances to the latter stages of innings due to the Impact Player rule, Dhoni has consistently delivered both with the bat and behind the stumps for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Following knee surgery last year, CSK has judiciously managed Dhoni's workload throughout the ongoing IPL season. Despite batting in the final overs of matches, Dhoni has managed to amass impressive figures, averaging 53.67 with a remarkable strike rate of 220.55 in 14 matches. In a must-win match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Dhoni displayed his trademark resilience with a valiant effort, scoring 25 runs off 13 balls. However, CSK fell short, failing to qualify for the playoffs and finishing fifth in the IPL 2024 points table.

In a recent video on the Dubai Eye 103.8 YouTube channel, Dhoni emphasized the importance of fitness at the highest level of the game. He acknowledged the competitive landscape of modern cricket, where age offers no leniency, and staying fit becomes imperative to match the standards set by younger players. Reflecting on his post-retirement plans, Dhoni expressed a desire to spend more time with his family while pursuing his passions outside of cricket. From farming to vintage cars and motorbikes, Dhoni finds solace and rejuvenation in various hobbies. He also highlighted the therapeutic role of pets, particularly dogs, in his life, emphasizing their unconditional love and unwavering support even in the face of defeat on the cricket field. As Dhoni navigates the twilight of his illustrious cricketing career, his enduring spirit and commitment to excellence continue to inspire fans worldwide. While the question of his IPL future remains unanswered, one thing is certain: the legend of MS Dhoni will endure long after his final innings on the cricket field.

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