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Aakash Chopra (left) and MS Dhoni (right)

Former Indian batsman and current commentator Aakash Chopra has made a shocking statement about MS Dhoni and CSK. Aakash Chopra said that if there is a Mega IPL auction 2021 for the next IPL season, then Chennai Super Kings should take a big decision to release MS Dhoni.

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Chopra said that if the team retains Dhoni, then Rs 15 crore will go to MS Dhoni. Aakash Chopra has given his opinion and advised Chennai Super Kings to release MS Dhoni for IPL 2021mega action if it happens.

“I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” he added on his Facebook Channel

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MS Dhoni (Source: IPL/BCCI)

“If Dhoni does not stay with you for three years and he plays just the 2021 season, you will get the Rs 15 crore back for the 2022 edition, but how will you find a player worth that Rs 15 crore? That’s the advantage of a mega auction, you can create a big team if you have the money.”

MS Dhoni can be brought back in IPL 2021 mega auction using RTM

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MS Dhoni (Source: BCCI/IPL)

Akash Chopra also added that he is not saying that MS Dhoni should be dropped from the team. But I think Chennai should release Dhoni so that CSK can bring him back to the team using the Right to Match card. He said,

“If you release Dhoni for the mega auction, you can pick him with the Right To Match card and you can pick the right players by having the desired money in your kitty. You can pick Dhoni in the auction, from CSK point of view, if they release Dhoni and then pick him up in auction, it would be beneficial for them.”

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Faf Du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu should be retained

After this Aakash Chopra also pointed out the option available for CSK to retain. He added the names of Faf Du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu for retaining the player if the mega auction in IPL 2021 happens. He added,

“CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? I don’t think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from the scratch.”

The second most successful team in IPL after Mumbai Indians is Chennai Super Kings. CSK has won 3 IPL titles under the captaincy of MS Dhoni only. But in IPL 2020 MS Dhoni-led CSK first time in IPL history failed to disqualify for the IPL playoffs.

In IPL 2020 held in UAE, CSK finished at 7th place in the points table. After this, it received many criticisms around the globe about team selection. So now looking at the performance of CSK in IPL 2020, we can say that CSK management needs to take some big and bold decisions to make a comeback in IPL 2021.

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