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The possibility of MS Dhoni’s IPL retirement was hinted at by Virat Kohli during JioCinema’s Inside Out show, ahead of the much-anticipated match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. Adding to the excitement, Virat Kohli hinted that this could be the last time we see MS Dhoni in action, given the former CSK captain’s uncertain future in the IPL.

Chennai Super Kings will face the Royal Challengers Bengaluru in a match of immense significance on Saturday, May 18th, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. This match is the deciding factor for the fourth team to qualify for the IPL Playoffs. Super Kings need to win to confirm their playoff berth, while Challengers need to win a decent run rate to achieve the same goal.

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Reflecting on their partnership, Kohli shared, “For fans to see him (Dhoni) play in any stadium in India is big – me & him playing again, maybe for the last time, you never know – that is a special thing, we had a great partnership for India, it’s a great occasion for fans to see us together”. This sentiment of nostalgia and appreciation adds another layer of emotion to the match.

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s Impact in IPL 2024

The star batter Virat Kohli, holds the Orange Cap with 661 runs at an average of 66.10 and a strike rate of 155.16. He has smashed one century and five fifties so far in the league. Meanwhile, the 42-year-old MS Dhoni has assigned himself the role of playing the last two overs of the game, aggregating 136 runs for his side with a terrific strike rate of 226.66. His performance as a wicketkeeper has been exceptional as always.

Suriya Narayanan who hails from Madurai, covers cricket at sportsganga. He started his engineering career, but his love for sports, especially cricket, took him down a different path. A die-hard fan of MS Dhoni, Suriya's passion lies in uncovering the hidden stories and intricacies of the games he loves.