MS Dhoni had made a big leap to be fit for the IPL 2024 as he underwent a successful knee surgery. This decision was made by Mahendra Singh Dhoni to prolong his IPL career.
Cricbuzz has reported that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s knee operation was done at the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai by Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, the same doctor who treated Rishabh Pant’s knee injuries after Pant’s car accident.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan spoke to Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the surgery on Thursday morning.
“I spoke to him after the operation. I cannot explain what the surgery is about but we have been told it is a key-hole surgery. He sounded fine in our conversation,” Viswanathan told Cricbuzz.
Chennai Super Kings have sent their team doctor, Dr Madhu Thottappil, to Mumbai to oversee Dhoni’s treatment. The exact time of his full recovery is still uncertain but it is believed that Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be recover in two months.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will turn 42 this July, led CSK to their 5th IPL title earlier this week, defeating Gujarat Titans in the final at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad.
Will MS Dhoni play next year?
In the post-match presentation, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had hinted toward playing another season for CSK next year, and that’s why he opted for a knee surgery soon after the completion of the IPL.
The CSK captain said it would like a “gift” to his fans from his side after he’d been shown immense love and support wherever CSK played.
“If you see circumstantially this is the best time for me to announce retirement,” Dhoni told Harsha Bhogle. “But the amount of love and affection I’ve been shown wherever I’ve been this year, the easy thing for me would be to say, ‘Thank you very much’. But the tough thing for me is to work hard for another nine months and come back and play at least one more season of IPL. But a lot depends on the body, I have six-seven months to decide and it will be more like a gift from my side [to the fans]. It’s not easy for me but the way they’ve shown their love and affection, that’s something I need to do for them.
“You do get emotional for a simple fact that it’s the last part of my career and I think it started over here when I was playing the first game [of IPL 2023]. I just walked out and the full house was chanting my name. My eyes filled with [tears] and I just stood there in the dugout for a while, and I took my time and I realised that I want to enjoy it and not take the pressure. I think it was the same thing in Chennai, when I played my last game there, but it will be good to come back and play whatever I can.”