Suresh Raina's two-word response to shut down MS Dhoni's retirement talk after CSK star's special gesture for fans

IPL 2024 is full of rumors of MS Dhoni's retirement. The Indian legend, now 42, has been important for Chennai Super Kings this year too, although he gave the captaincy to Ruturaj Gaikwad before the opener.

Chennai Super Kings wicketkeeper MS Dhoni in action. (AFP)

CSK played their last IPL 2024 match on Sunday in Chepauk, where they defeated Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling encounter. After the match, Dhoni and his teammates gave signed balls to the fans in the stadium and many felt that this was Dhoni's last match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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So when a fellow commentator asked Suresh Raina if this would be Dhoni's last match in Chennai, the former Indian player replied, “Definitely not!”

Raina and Dhoni are considered good friends and Raina has also played for CSK. His words will come as a relief to many fans, who would love to see Dhoni in action next year too.

Chasing the target of 142 runs on Sunday, CSK reached 145/5 in 18.2 overs. Ruturaj Gaikwad was batting well and remained unbeaten on 42* off 41 balls. Meanwhile, R Ashwin took two wickets for Rajasthan Royals.

Early on, Riyan Parag smashed an unbeaten 47 off 35 balls to take RR to 141/5 in 20 overs. For CSK's bowling department, Simarjeet Singh put in a sensational performance, taking three wickets.

Dhoni has contributed with the bat this season for the defending champions. He has 136 runs in his name in 13 matches at a strike rate of 226.66. He has been given the role of batting lower down the order in the death overs and making maximum impact.

CSK is currently placed third in the IPL 2024 points table with 14 points from 13 matches with seven wins and six losses. CSK are still to seal their place in the playoffs and face RCB in their final league game on Saturday.

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