Fans have been clamouring for MS Dhoni’s return to cricket since he took a sabbatical after the ICC World Cup in 2019. It is a known fact that Dhoni’s return will coincide with the Indian Premier League where he will captain Chennai Super Kings in the 2020 season. Ahead of this year’s edition, Dhoni was given a heroes welcome when he arrived in Chennai to begin his preparations for the upcoming edition of the IPL.
The official Twitter handle of the Chennai-based franchise on Monday posted a 59-second video and said: “Every goose shall bump with first day first show feels! Just start the whistles!”
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 1, 2020
Dhoni will start his preparations for the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league from March 3 in Chennai along with Suresh Raina.
Speaking to IANS, CSK CEO K.S. Viswanathan had said: “Dhoni will reach Chennai on March 2 and will start training the next day at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. (Suresh) Raina will also be training with him, but there will be no international player as of now.”
The 1983 World Cup-winning India captain, Kapil Dev was questioned on Dhoni’s inclusion in India squad, and he believes the wicketkeeper-batsman needs to play more games to make a case for himself.
Speaking to reporters at an event in Noida on Thursday, Dev said: “It’s not just Dhoni who is playing the IPL. I am a person who looks for a young player who we can be proud of in the next 10 years. I think Dhoni has already done so much for the country.”
He added: “As his fan, yes (would like to see him playing the T20 World Cup) but as a cricketer, I think it all depends on the management. He hasn’t played for one year. He should play more matches to be on the team. There shouldn’t be different parameters for different players.”
Dev further insisted that he is looking for the next generation of players in the upcoming edition of IPL. “He (Dhoni) is on his last leg. I am his fan so I would love to see him but in IPL I am looking for the next generation,” he said.
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni will start his training in Chennai from March 2 along with other players ahead of season-13 of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The IPL 2020 begins with a match between CSK and defending champion Mumbai Indians in Mumbai on March 29. According to CSK CEO K S Viswanathan, Dhoni will be training with players who are available as the full preparatory camp of the team begins on March 19.
(with IANS inputs)