The 2023 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a memorable one for fans, with MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, receiving widespread love and admiration. While Chennai supporters have always held him in high regard, his popularity has extended to other venues across the country. Speculation is rife that this may be Dhoni’s final season as a player, and that he will end his legendary career with this tournament. The 41-year-old retired from international cricket in 2020, and his last appearance for India was in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, which they lost to New Zealand.
As Dhoni’s illustrious career is celebrated by fans, a viral video from the stands during a match at Chepauk has caused a sensation on social media. The clip features someone who looks like an older version of Dhoni sitting in the crowd, leading many to jokingly suggest that he has travelled back in time from 2040.
After a disappointing 2022 season in which they finished ninth, the Dhoni-led CSK have made a strong comeback this year, occupying second place in the standings with 13 points. Only the Gujarat Titans, with 16 points, are guaranteed a place in the playoffs, while the rest of the teams are locked in a mid-table logjam.
Dhoni is the second-most successful captain in IPL history, having led CSK to the title on four occasions. The legendary wicketkeeper-batsman has been associated with the team since 2008, winning the tournament in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021. However, CSK has also been the runner-up on five occasions, in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2019, which is the most for any team in IPL history. Dhoni will be hoping to lead the team to their fifth title, which would equal the record held by the Mumbai Indians.