Former Team India skipper MS Dhoni has ruled out any chances of him turning up for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to prepare for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL). Incidentally, many thought Dhoni will play the domestic T20 competition after Suresh Raina made himself available for the tournament.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina announced retirement on August 15 earlier this year, days after joining the Chennai Super Kings camp for IPL 2020. The lockdown in India, as well as an extended break from international cricket, saw Dhoni struggle to impose himself in the IPL 2020 for CSK in UAE. He was miles away from his particular best as the Super Kings bow out of the tournament from the league stages.
MS Dhoni skips Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
While there were doubts about the former India skipper plying his trade in IPL 2021 but MS Dhoni confirmed that he will turn up for Chennai in IPL 2021. Though there’s no lockdown across India anymore, many wondered if Dhoni might play in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – a domestic T20 tournament – to regain some form ahead of the IPL 14 which is expected to start in March-April.
However, MS Dhoni has not followed the footsteps of Suresh Raina and has decided not to come out of retirement to play in the domestic T20 competition for Jharkhand. It will be interesting to see how the 39-year-old cricketer bridges the gap before the next season of the cash-rich league.
The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will take place from January 10 to 31 across 6 different venues in India. The players will remain in bio-secure bubbles, much like what has been the case since cricket resumed after the Covid-19 outbreak.