MS Dhoni: 'Nobody gives you age discount': MS Dhoni talks competitive cricket after international retirement | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Ancient India and Super Kings of Chennai captain MS Dhoni reflected on the challenges of competing in the Indian Premier League at the age of 42.
Even though he left the captaincy and handed over the reins to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dhoni has played an important role in CSK's campaign this season. However, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing fifth with seven wins, seven losses and 14 points, missing out due to a lower net run rate.

Competing against young people

In an interview on Dubai Eye 103.8 YouTube channel, Dhoni highlighted the physical demands of the game and the need to stay fit to compete with younger players.
“The hardest part is…I don't play cricket all year round. So I have to be fit. Once I come, you play against fit youngsters and play international cricket. Professional sport is not easy, no one gives you a discount based on age,” Dhoni said.
He emphasized the importance of maintaining his fitness through diet and training, noting that social media distractions are minimal for him as he is not active on those platforms.

Balancing life after international cricket
Dhoni also spoke about the changes in his life since retiring from international cricket, including being able to spend more time with his family.
“Once I stopped playing international cricket, I wanted to spend a little more time with my family. But, at the same time, being mentally active, having that passion to stay focused – for me, I love the agriculture, for me it's motorcycles, I started to be interested in old cars. These are things that de-stress me,” he explained.
Dhoni also mentioned his love for pets, especially dogs, who provide him with unconditional love and a sense of normalcy even after tough matches.
Performance in IPL2024
Despite managing his workload due to knee surgery last year, Dhoni made a notable impact in IPL 2024. Batting in crucial moments, he scored 161 runs in 14 matches with an impressive average of 53.67 and a staggering strike rate of 220.55.
(With contributions from ANI)

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