"I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years?" Akash Chopra said.
New Delhi: Former India batsman and cricket expert Aakash Chopra has suggested Chennai Super Kings to release their captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. Chopra has said that if there's mega auction, the decision to retain Dhoni would cost CSK Rs 15 crore, which he feels can be utilised on other players. However, he has said that the team can later bring him back by using right to match(RTM) card during the auction.
"I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don't keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore," said Chopra in a video posted on his Facebook account.
"If Dhoni does not stay with you for three years and he plays just the 2021 season, you will get the Rs 15 crore back for the 2022 edition, but how will you find a player worth that Rs 15 crore? That's the advantage of a mega auction, you can create a big team if you have the money.
"If you release Dhoni for the mega auction, you can pick him with the Right To Match card and you can pick the right players by having the desired money in your kitty. You can pick Dhoni in the auction, from CSK point of view, if they release Dhoni and then pick him up in auction, it would be beneficial for them," he added.
CSK's key player Shane Watson has already announced retirement and will not be returning for the tournament next year. In this situation, Chopra feels more than any other franchise, CSK is the one that needs a mega auction ahead of the new season.
"CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? I don't think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from the scratch," said Chopra.
IPL 2020 saw the rare setback from the CSK which otherwise is known for Dhoni's ace captaincy and their team spirit. The team finished at the seventh spot of the point table.
However, Dhoni, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, made it clear that he would be back for the next season "Definitely not," the cricketer had replied at the toss when asked by Danny Morrison if CSK's final match in IPL 2020 against Kings XI Punjab was Dhoni's last game for his second home Chennai.
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