Is IPL 2020 going to be MS Dhoni’s final year as a professional cricketer? Is the Chennai Super Kings captain planning to retire once the ongoing season ends? Also Read - SA vs ENG 3rd T20I, Today Match Report: Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler Set Record Partnership as England Beat South Africa to Complete 3-0 Whitewash
These are some of the questions worried fans have started asking after Dhoni, for a second straight match, gifted his match jersey to an opponent. On Friday night, after his team suffered a 10-wicket loss at the hands of Mumbai Indians, the official twitter handle of IPL posted a picture of Hardik Pandya with brother Krunal as the beaming duo posed with Dhoni’s jersey. Also Read - Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni In Yahoo’s List Of Most-Searched Personalities This Year
In CSK’s previous match as well, Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler was pictured posing with Dhoni’s CSK jersey. Incidentally, it was the legendary cricketer’s 200th IPL match as well.
While it’s hard to extrapolate about a simple act of a player gifting his match jersey, fans are speculating considering Dhoni’s history of dropping the retirement bomb when you least expect.
He memorably announced the end of his Test career during a regulation press conference a match, midway through India’s 2014-15 tour of Australia. And then on August 15 this year, he posted a video on his Instagram account which was a montage of iconic moments from his cricket career. It was posted with the caption announcing he was quitting limited-overs cricket as well.