Things become interesting after the 40-year-old CSK skipper announced that he would be there for the IPL in the upcoming season on Tuesday.
Along with Dhoni, who are the other players CSK would not like to release ahead of the mega-auction.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: He has been dominant at the top of the order for the side and has been a key reason for the success of Chennai in 2021.
Sam Curran: The young English allrounder Sam Curran has a long future ahead of him.
Ravindra Jadeja: A magician who can do wonders with bats and balls. He is an asset for any side. He would certainly be retained given his ability to win matches and hold nerves under pressure.
Suresh Raina: A prolific run-getter, who brings with him a lot of experience to the table. With 5491 runs, he is among the top scorers in the history of the league.