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CSK’s Eric Simons Praises MS Dhoni Amid Retirement Speculation

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling consultant Eric Simons has heaped praise on franchise icon MS Dhoni, calling speculation about the veteran’s future “crazy.” This comes after CSK’s title defense ended with a 27-run loss to RCB on Saturday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

With CSK’s campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 over, many were curious whether Dhoni would announce his retirement. Simons, who worked with Dhoni during his stint as a bowling consultant for the Indian team in 2010, highlighted Dhoni’s various contributions to the team, emphasizing his simplicity and understanding of the game.

“There are so many memories of MS Dhoni, the knocks that he plays get you out of trouble. I was in the dugout and said it was incredible we are in a situation with our backs against the wall and he is at the wicket you just don’t stop believing he can win for you,” Simons said after the game. “So I think that is one of the things that he brings to the group is the incredible self-belief. But he has a very simple structure and understanding of the game. I think that’s what a lot of cricketers should strive for, to really understand the game and he does and he helps guys with that sort of information and knowledge.”

Despite the heartbreaking loss, Dhoni remained tight-lipped about his future, leaving fans eagerly awaiting any hints. Simons addressed the speculation surrounding Dhoni’s future, praising his decision-making and the positive influence he has on those around him.

“But I think anybody who wants to speculate about his future, that is crazy. MS knows what he is going to do. I know that this year I have seen him hit the ball from the pre-tournament camp. So he is playing extremely well and he will make the decision,” Simons added. “But he is a fantastic guy to be around. He has been fantastic to witness from the days I was with India and now with CSK. He is an incredible cricketer and an incredible individual in terms of his understanding of cricket and life. I think in many ways what he passes on to guys is the incredible self-belief, never say die attitude, and a simple understanding of the game of cricket he can put it in simple words and I think that is one of the best things about him.”

As for RCB, their opponent for the Eliminator clash is yet to be decided. The outcome of the matches between Rajasthan Royals and table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders, and Sunrisers Hyderabad against Punjab Kings, will determine who they face next.

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