Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that if Dhoni does not want to play as a player or captain, then he can take up the role of head coach or mentor for Chennai Super Kings in the next IPL season. Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets in the 59th match of IPL 2022. With this defeat, Chennai is out of the race for the playoffs.
MS Dhoni has scored 199 runs in 12 IPL 2022 matches at an average of 39.80 and a strike rate of over 130. Chennai Super Kings has become the second team to be out of the ongoing season. Earlier, Mumbai Indians have been out of the tournament and they are at the last position in the points table with 6 points.
Talking to Sportskeeda, Akhtar said, “If he wants to, he can continue playing in the next season. But, if he doesn’t want to continue playing, he can return as a mentor or even head coach. It wouldn’t be a bad role for him. It all depends on Dhoni. It is an asset. Either he is in the team or with the team.
“CSK’s management seemed non-serious this time. Why the captaincy went to Jadeja, we don’t know. But he needs to come back with a clean mind next season,” he added.
Akhtar said, “Dhoni can just play one more song and announce his retirement. One can’t really predict what he might do. He is that kind of person. If he suddenly feels that he should To retire, he will do so. To be honest, the time has come for some players. There are no ifs and buts in franchise cricket.