CHENNAI: After Chennai Super Kings bought him for the highest price of Rs 7.5 crore at the first IPL auction in January 2008, Dhoni has captained the team in all eight editions of the IPL so far. There was much rumor about what Dhoni would do after CSK was suspended for two years. Now Dhoni has decided to join another team.
The two buyers for the new season haven’t yet been identified. But it’s certain that Dhoni will be the No. 1 target for both the new franchises owing to his brand value and match-winning abilities in T20 cricket. There is a possibility of six players from the banned teams CSK and Rajasthan Royals being inducted into the new franchises while the rest are likely to go into the auction pool.
The IPL will be played right after the World T20 in India next year and there is bound to be massive interest around the two new teams that will enter the fray. Dhoni, who has always been identified with the yellow jersey of CSK, will now sport a different color. That itself will add to the excitement.
Meanwhile, Dhoni, who flew out of Chennai on Friday for the final ODI in Mumbai, met former BCCI president N Srinivasan “in a strictly personal capacity”. There has been criticism in some quarters about Dhoni’s meeting with Srinivasan, but the India Cements bosses laughed it off. “Those who are criticizing Dhoni for meeting Srinivasan should also know that he is also the vice-president of the company. Isn’t it natural that he will meet the managing director of the same company.” Official said.