Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been an an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) setup, as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL) in its seven-year history so far. The Indian cricket captain has commendably led the Chennai-based franchise to two IPL victories.
However, Dhoni's participation in the future of the tournament might be doubtful after Supreme Court's judgement on the IPL spot fixing case. CSK and Rajasthan Royals (RR) franchises, as well as Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra have been banned for life.
As the decision regarding Dhoni's further involvement in IPL is awaited, it will be interesting to revisit his connections with one of the biggest controversies in Indian cricket.
- The Mudgal committee in 2014 had questioned MS Dhoni's conflict of interest for acting as the Vice-President of India Cements, the owners of the Chennai Super Kings. India Cements is a company owned by Narayanaswami Srinivasan, the Ex-BCCI chief who was suspended due to his son-in-law's Gurunath Meiyappan alleged involvement in IPL spot fixing case.
- The Indian cricket captain was also accused of lying to the Mudgal Committe. Dhoni had reportedly told the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee that Meiyappan, was a "mere enthusiast" when in fact, he was an official of the Chennai Super Kings IPL team.
Dhoni continued to be hounded by the press over his views on the IPL spot-fixing controversy. The controversy saw RR players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan get banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). At one point, Dhoni even offered to quit from his post of CSK captain, as well as the Vice-President of India Cements.
Sakshi Dhoni, his wife was spotted many times with Vindoo Dara Singh, who was involved in the IPL spot fixing controversy. Sakshi Dhoni reportedly introduced Sakshi Jhalla to S Sreesanth. Jhalla and Sreesanth both were involved in the IPL spot fixing scandal. Daughter of Atul Jhalla, a tour escort in luxury train Palace on Wheels of Rajasthan tourism development corporation, Sakshi Jhala was often seen with Sreesanth in post-match parties during IPL 2013.
In 2014, Dhoni had filed a 100 crore defamation case against Zee Media Network and News Nation Network for publishing false news againt his involvement in IPL match-fixing case. Madras High Court restrained the two channels from publishing or telecasting any news content about Dhoni's in connection with allegations in the controversy. While Dhoni might be quietly enjoying a well-deserved break with his family at the moment, his actions and decisions will be very crucial to the future of the tournament as well as for his career.