Chennai Super Kings (CSK) may have not made it to the playoffs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, but the silver lining is perhaps that they on the last three matches of the tournament and more importantly, their captain MS Dhoni has confirmed that he will definitely play in the tournament next year. CSK batsman Faf du Plessis believes that CSK and Dhoni are synonymous and reckons that the former Indian captain is motivated as ever to come back stronger next season.
"When you think CSK you think of MS Dhoni and also because IPL needs MS Dhoni to play, the fans love him so much so why not. He still feels motivated and to pitch up every day and come and do... being a big player comes with a lot of expectation and a lot of pressure," Du Plessis told teammate Lungi Ngidi during a chat for IPLT20.com.
"That answer told you he is very much motivated to come back stronger next year. There have been a few rumours floating around I have seen of him possibly retiring. So that answer was possibly a hell no straightaway," he added.
Du Plessis ended IPL 2020 as the franchise’s leading run-getter with 449 runs from 13 innings at an average of 40.81 and strike-rate in excess of 140, which includes a highest score of 87 not out against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Dubai. This is, however, the first time CSK have failed to make it to the playoffs.