Virat Kohli hinted at MS Dhoni’s possible retirement and defended his playing style ahead of their crucial IPL match.

Amid the growing rumours of Dhoni’s retirement, Virat Kohli has shared his thoughts on the matter. Speaking on Jio Cinema’s Inside Out show, the former Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) captain hinted at Dhoni’s possible farewell.

Kohli remarked that tonight’s match might be the last time he and Dhoni play together as RCB faces CSK in a crucial knockout clash at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

“For fans to see him (Dhoni) play in any stadium in India is a big thing. Me and him playing again, maybe for the last time, you never know—that is a special thing. We have had some great memories, some great partnerships for India; it’s a great occasion for fans to see us together,” said Kohli on Jio Cinema.

Kohli also defended Dhoni’s playing style, comparing it to his own. “People used to say the same about Mahi Bhai (Mahendra Singh Dhoni). ‘Why is he taking the game to the 20th over or 50th over?’ But how many matches did he finish for India? He’s probably the only person who knows what he’s doing! And he’s finishing the game from there. For me, that’s muscle memory. He knows if he takes the match till the last over, he’ll win the game. He will take the game into the last over where the opposition team is shivering in fear,” Kohli added.

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RCB, with 12 points from 13 matches, is in the seventh position. Merely winning against CSK will not ensure their qualification. RCB must win by 18 runs while defending a score of 200 or, if chasing, must reach the target with about 11 balls to spare.

However, tonight’s match might not be Dhoni’s final IPL appearance if CSK secures a win, as it would propel them into the playoffs. CSK currently holds the fourth spot in the IPL 2024 standings with 14 points.

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Last Updated on May 18, 2024