Former India opener Akash Chopra has said that the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) should release Mahendra Singh Dhoni if there is a mega bid before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Chopra said CSK would get a Rs 15 crore purse if it decides to release Dhoni and the money could be used to buy other players. Chopra said CSK should release Dhoni again in the auction pool and they can always add him to the team using the Right to Match (RTM) card.
“I think CSK should release MS Dhoni who is going for a mega auction. If there is a mega auction you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I did not say don’t keep Dhoni, he is the next IPL will play, but if you keep him as a worthy player, you have to pay Rs 15 crore, ”Akash Chopra said in a video posted on his Facebook account.
“Dhoni has not stayed with you for three years. If he only plays in the 2021 season, you will get back Rs 15 crore for the 2022 edition, but how do you find a player worth Rs 15 crore? It’s a lucrative mega auction. If you release Dhoni for auction, you can select him with the Right to Match card and select the right players by keeping the desired amount in your kitty. In CSK view you can select Dhoni in the auction and if they release Dhoni and then take him to the auction it will be to their advantage. ” Chopra added.
“CSK needs a mega bid, there are not many players to retain on the side. If you want to build a team from scratch, are you ready to spend big money on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? Don’t think that, ”Chopra said.
It is noteworthy that CSK performed poorly in the recently concluded IPL 2020 as they managed to win only 6 out of 14 matches. For the first time in IPL history, the Dhoni-led team failed to reach the IPL playoffs.