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Ruturaj Gaikwad all but confirms MS Dhoni’s retirement, inviting Dinesh Karthik to join Chennai Super Kings

Fans have been eagerly awaiting the blockbuster yet do-or-die IPL 2024 clash between the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday, May 18, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Both CSK and RCB are vying for a spot in the IPL 2024 playoffs with a big win at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Well, many have been speculating that the much-awaited RCB vs CSK clash can be the last game for the legendary wicketkeeper-batter MS Dhoni if the defending champions suffer a massive defeat against RCB on Saturday.

However, everyone from the CSK camp has so far kept tight lips over Dhoni’s future in the IPL, despite the fact that the former captain and legendary wicketkeeper has been batting at the lower order throughout the ongoing IPL 2024 due to his knee surgery that he had done last year.

MS Dhoni gearing up for mega RCB vs CSK clash

Well, Dhoni is currently in Bengaluru with his Yellow Army, preparing to outclass the RCB to keep their hopes alive to defend the IPL title, and ahead of this crucial encounter, CSK skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad dropped a major hint about the former Indian skipper’s future in the cash-rich league.

Actually, the RCB wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik conducted an ‘Ask Me Everything’ session on Instagram on Friday, May 17, to engage with his fans, and to everyone’s surprise, Gaikwad dropped a question that would have certainly left Karthik in split along with the cricket world.

The CSK skipper has openly offered Karthik to join the five-time IPL champions next season, and it can be a massive hint that Dhoni might not return in the yellow jersey in the world’s biggest T20 league, as Karthik is also a wicketkeeper and playing finisher’s role for the RCB in the IPL.

Ruturaj Gaikwad offers Dinesh Karthik the keeper’s role at CSK

Recently, CSK batting coach Michael Hussey denied having any knowledge about Dhoni’s plans, saying only the legendary Indian cricketer knows about his next move.

But Gaikwad is the CSK skipper, and he was informed by Dhoni about leaving the captaincy in the middle of the last IPL season, so there is a possibility of him knowing MSD will say goodbye to the IPL this season.

Well, Ruturaj dropped a bombshell for the fans on Instagram by asking Karthik, “Next IPL franchise? CSK?” To which the RCB keeper jokingly asked to explain the role. Sharing a picture of him with a broad smile on his face, Karthik wrote, “Role definition, please? Skipper.” He also added two laughing emoticons to his caption.

Here’s Dinesh Karthik’s viral Insta story


Karthik’s Instagram story is all over the internet, with fans speculating that Gaikwad wants to sign the Indian veteran for the next IPL season, believing Dhoni might not return for the next season.

However, many former cricketers including Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa are hoping that MSD will play at least a couple of seasons for the CSK in the IPL, given his form and fitness. Well, Dhoni can only help the fans solve their questions about his future; till now, fans should enjoy the CSK legend’s entertaining batting.

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