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“Me and him playing again, maybe for the last time”: Virat Kohli makes a huge inference about the future of MS Dhoni

May 18, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India: Indian batting virtuoso and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) star Virat Kohli hinted at the future plans of renowned wicketkeeper-batter MS Dhoni by saying that Saturday’s match between RCB and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) may be their last together.

RCB and CSK will compete in their crucial match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday for the last IPL 2024 playoff spot. After 13 games, CSK is ranked fourth with 14 points, while RCB is ranked seventh with 12 points.

Using Dhoni as an example, the seasoned Indian batsman defended his approach, saying that the 42-year-old helped him all through his career by playing games through to the very last over.

Ever since the 2018 Indian Premier tournament, there have been conjectures over Dhoni’s potential last season in the lucrative tournament. CSK finished in the group stage in their last Chepauk participation.

Kohli made hints that this could be his last chance to play with the former India captain after they had shared a dressing room many times over the previous 16 years.

It’s a great deal for spectators to see Dhoni play in any Indian venue. It’s a wonderful thing when me and him play together again, maybe for the final time. It’s a terrific chance for fans to watch us together, and we have some amazing memories and collaborations for India,” Kohli remarked on Jio Cinema.

Early in his career, Dhoni reportedly faced criticism for this, but the wicketkeeper-batter did not change his approach, according to Kohli.

“Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Mahi bhai used to get the same criticism: “Why is he playing until the 20th or 50th over of the game?” However, how many games did he end for India? Most likely, only he has the necessary expertise! And that’s where he ends the game. That’s muscle memory for me. He is aware that he will win the game if he plays until the very end of the over. I had a different perspective. I used to believe that we should end the match at the 19th over (in T20s) or the 49th over (in ODIs). The way he thought changed if he was teasing me towards the end. The other team is trembling with terror as he leads them into the last over of the match, Kohli said.

In the meantime, if CSK makes it to the playoffs and the tournament championship game, Dhoni may visit their home stadium once more. On May 24, the MA Chidambaram Stadium will host the IPL final. Dhoni has scored 136 runs at a 226.66 strike rate in 10 innings.

Currently leading the race for the most runs scored, Kohli is a serious candidate for the Orange Cap.

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