Mumbai Indians cruised to a big win over Chennai Super Kings and climbed to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) standings, on Friday, 23 October.
However, that wasn’t the only reason that left the Pandya brothers – Krunal and Hardik – smiling after the game.
After CSK slumped to their first 10-wicket loss in their 200th match of the league, captain MS Dhoni gave the brothers his number seven jersey.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 23, 2020
Hardik also posted a photo with the former India captain, taken before the match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Dhoni’s gesture, however, left fans on Twitter wondering whether this is the former Indian cricketer’s last season in the league.
The 39-year-old – who announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 August – had also given Jos Buttler his jersey after CSK’s seven-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals in their previous game.
Is Dhoni retiring from IPL too??? Why is he distributing his jersey to players
— Yogesh (@YogeshKD2228) October 23, 2020
Already Butler got Dhoni jersey and now Pandya brothers.
Dhoni going to announce retirement? https://t.co/cKDVTDqVV9
— முத்து(Muthu) (@kr56_Vel) October 23, 2020
With the number of Dhoni jerseys going around, reckon this is the last year he could possibly be involved as a player for #CSK
— ProVJ (@ProVijay) October 23, 2020
The way everyone are taking and posing with Dhoni's jersey does that mean he is playing his last season
— Riyan Parag Fan (@riyanparagfan) October 23, 2020
— Daniels (@i_johndaniel_) October 23, 2020
Dhoni's giving away a lot of jerseys is he not played next year https://t.co/3LSXsyHJKE
— Purnima Chand (@PurnimaChand1) October 23, 2020
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