MS Dhoni undergoes knee surgery

The 41-year-old recently guided CSK to an IPL title

By Web Desk
June 01, 2023
MS Dhoni giving instructions during an IPL game — BCCI

Former Indian and current Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni underwent a left-knee surgery in Mumbai on Thursday (June 1).

Dhoni was seen walking with a knee brace which raised many questions regarding the 41-year-old’s fitness.

MS Dhoni with a brace strapped on his left knee — BCCI

"Yes, Dhoni has had a successful knee surgery at the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai on Thursday," a CSK source was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India (PTI). "He is doing fine and will be released in a day or two. He would be resting for a few days before his extensive rehabilitation starts. It is now expected that he would have enough time to get fit to play in the next IPL."

Dhoni, 41, who despite looking completely fine, played the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 16 with serious pain in his left-knee. When asked if he will be playing the next IPL edition for the fans, the 41-year-old replied “If his body allows him”.

“If you circumstantially see, it's the best time to announce retirement." Dhoni had said. "The easy thing for me to say is thank you and retire. But the hard thing to do is to work hard for nine months and try to play one more IPL season. The body has to hold up. But the amount of love I have received from CSK fans, it would be a gift for them to play one more season.

"The way they've shown their love and emotion, it's something I need to do for them. It's the last part of my career. It started over here and full house was chanting my name. It was same thing in Chennai, but it will be good to come back and play whatever I can. The kind of cricket I play, they feel they can play that cricket. There's nothing orthodox about it and I like to keep it simple."

It must be noted that CSK’s CEO Kasi Viswanathan had said that it is totally up to the 41-year-old to decide if he wants to play next IPL or not.

"Frankly, we are not even thinking along those lines as we haven't reached that stage," Viswanathan had said. "It will be completely Dhoni's call. But I can tell you, in CSK, we haven't entertained those thoughts."