MS Dhoni played a key role in kick-starting IPL, says Saba Karim

Written by Vipin Darwade

MS Dhoni may have retired from international cricket but his decision to continue playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) is good news for global cricket, according to former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim.

Dhoni will be leading the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020 and the franchise’s CEO Kasi Viswanathan had told that their celebrated skipper is likely to play for CSK untill 2022.

Saba Karim, speaking to news agency AFP, said MS Dhoni is fit enough to continue and there will be less burden on his body, considering he has called it quits from the international game. Dhoni had not played international cricket for more than a year before he announced retirement.

“He is very fit and I believe he is working very hard on it. Plus he has stopped playing international cricket so there will be less burden on his body,” Saba Karim said.

“Global cricket still needs an icon like MS Dhoni to continue.”

“Dhoni played an instrumental role in kick-starting the IPL because of the way he brought a different dimension to the shorter format of the game because of his aggressive side with the willow. Also with his calm exterior behind the stumps,” Karim said.

MS Dhoni has been looking sharp in training sessions in the lead up to IPL 2020. Following the withdrawal of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, there is considerable pressure on the CSK captain who will be looking to win their 4th title.

Chennai Super Kings begin their IPL 2020 campaign against defending champions Mumbai Indians on the opening night of the tournament in Abu Dhabi.

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