MS Dhoni in Chennai for IPL 2020
MS Dhoni in Chennai for IPL 2020

IPL fever begins

The Indian Premier League has been set to begin from March 29 with an opening clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Already the IPL fever begins when Royal Challengers Bangalore removed their posts from social media and set heat with the new logo and jersey release.

Chennai Super Kings Skipper return to his ‘DEN’

The another well expecting thing is the return of former Indian Captain MS Dhoni. The upcoming edition of IPL will also mark MS Dhoni’s return to competitive cricket after close to 8 months of absence. Dhoni who keeps changing his hair style have come with a new style for this year IPL. Celebration begins when he reach Chennai airport and heads to the team hotel.

The former Indian skipper was last seen in action against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup semifinal, a game India lost. He made himself unavailable for India’s international assignments post the WC exit and was eventually dropped from the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players in January.

Chennai celebrates on Dhoni's arrival
Chennai celebrates on Dhoni’s arrival

MSD’s future in his carrier depends on IPL 2020

As pointed out by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and India head coach Ravi Shastri, Dhoni’s international future depends on his performances in IPL 2020 which comes in to consider him in T20 World Cup planned later this year in Australia.

Ahead of the IPL tournament, the Chennai-based franchise released a video on social media of Dhoni returning to his den. As expected, Dhoni can be seen surrounded by fans who are keen on getting a photograph with the World Cup-winning former India captain. Dhoni was accompanied by CSK team manager Russell Radhakrishnan as he made his way into the hotel.

A yellow flower bouquet was handed to MS Dhoni as the skipper received a hero’s welcome on his return to the city that loves and cherishes him.

Raina and Rayudu have been training here for the past three weeks. MS Dhoni is expect to practise for a couple of weeks with Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu among other Chennai Super Kings players.

CSK CEO KS Viswanathan’s statement

“Dhoni will train at the MA Chidambaram stadium from March 2. He will practice with players who are available at that time,” CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said in Chennai.

“The full camp will begin on 19 March when all the players would have joined the squad,” he added.