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No CSK without Dhoni, no Dhoni without CSK: N Srinivasan

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October 18, 2021 21:00 IST
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Asked about retaining Mahendra Singh Dhoni and other CSK players in the next IPL auction, N Srinivasan said retention policy is yet to be announced.

IMAGE: Asked about retaining Mahendra Singh Dhoni and other CSK players in the next IPL auction, N Srinivasan said retention policy is yet to be announced. Photograph: PTI/File

There is no Chennai Super Kings without Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India Cements Ltd (ICL) vice-chairman and managing director N Srinivasan said on Monday.

Likewise, the former BCCI chief added that there is no Dhoni without Chennai Super Kings, his emphatic statement saying a lot about the relation between the franchise and the iconic cricketer.

 

Under Dhoni's leadership, CSK beat Kolkata Knight Riders to win their fourth IPL title on Friday, October 15, to complete an incredible comeback after their forgettable outing last year.

"Dhoni is part and parcel of CSK, Chennai and Tamil Nadu. There is no CSK without Dhoni and there is no Dhoni without CSK," Srinivasan told reporters during a brief interaction after visiting Lord Venkatachalapathy temple in Chennai with the IPL trophy.

ICL owned the CSK franchise from inception in 2008 till 2014, when the ownership was transferred to Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd.

Asked about retaining Dhoni and other CSK players in the next IPL auction, he said retention policy is yet to be announced.

To a question on the criticism about no cricketer from Tamil Nadu featuring in the CSK team, he said 13 players from the TNPL are playing in the IPL or representing India.

"Lot of people are watching TNPL matches and it will go from strength to strength."

When asked about CSK's victory celebrations, Srinivasan said Dhoni would come to Chennai after doing duty as the Indian team mentor in the T20 World Cup and "share the trophy with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin at a function proposed to be organised at the M A Chidambaram Stadium".

Srinivasan, who is a member of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board, received the trophy after a ritual at the Lord Venkateswara temple.

TNCA president Rupa Gurunath, who is also a director at India Cements Ltd and K S  Viswanathan, CEO of Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, were also present.

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