IPL 2020: Former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim said MS Dhoni played a key role in kick-starting the Indian Premier League by bringing a different dimension to the shortest format of the game.
MS Dhoni will be leading Chennai Super Kings at IPL 2020 (Courtesy by BCCI)
- MS Dhoni has retired from international cricket but the game still needs him, says Saba Karim
- He is very fit and I believe he is working very hard on it: Karim on Dhoni
- Dhoni played an instrumental role in kick-starting the IPL: Karim
MS Dhoni may have retired from international cricket but his decision to continue playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) is good news for global cricket, according to former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim.
MS Dhoni bowed out of international cricket with a simple yet emotional post on social media when India was celebrating her 74th independence Day on August 15. Dhoni had reached Chennai for a pre-IPL training camp before making the unforeseen announcement.
Dhoni will be leading the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020 and the franchise’s CEO Kasi Viswanathan had told indiatoday.in that their celebrated skipper is likely to play for CSK until 2022.
Saba Karim, speaking to news agency AFP, said MS Dhoni is fit enough to continue and there will be less burden on his body, considering he has called it quits from the international game. Dhoni had not played international cricket for more than a year before he announced retirement.
“He is very fit and I believe he is working very hard on it. Plus he has stopped playing international cricket so there will be less burden on his body,” Saba Karim said.
“Global cricket still needs an icon like MS Dhoni to continue.”
Karim on Dhoni’s role in kick-starting IPL
Meanwhile, the former BCCI general manager, also opined that MS Dhoni had played a key role in kick-starting the IPL by bringing a different dimension to the shorter format of the game. It is safe to say India jumped the T20 bandwagon only after Dhoni led India to T20 World Cup success in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2007.
“Dhoni played an instrumental role in kick-starting the IPL because of the way he brought a different dimension to the shorter format of the game because of his aggressive side with the willow. Also with his calm exterior behind the stumps,” Karim said.
MS Dhoni has been looking sharp in training sessions in the lead up to IPL 2020. Following the withdrawal of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, there is considerable pressure on the CSK captain who will be looking to win their 4th title.
Chennai Super Kings begin their IPL 2020 campaign against defending champions Mumbai Indians on the opening night of the tournament in Abu Dhabi.