India’s premium wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni has been away from cricket since the end of the World Cup in 2019. But with the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) right around the corner, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni is all set to make a return on the field.
Dhoni has already started to prepare him for the IPL as he was witnessed training at the nets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday. He started his training with the team and received a rousing reception ahead of his much-anticipated return to action in the IPL.
The 38-year old smashed some big blows at the nets and the crowd that was present during the training chanted “Dhoni, Dhoni” after he entered the crowd and the chant kept going when he was hitting some big blows. He had earlier practiced in Jharkhand but this was the first time people were allowed to watch the former India captain in action ahead of IPL 2020.
The 2020 edition of the tournament is set to begin on March 29 and MS Dhoni will be seen in the opening match as his side Chennai Super Kings will take on the defending champions Mumbai Indians. CSK will start its full camp on March 19.
It was a normal training session for the 38-year old, who jogged around for a while and did some stretching. He then put on his pads and launched a few big hits in his trademark style. The franchise posted a video on their social media handle where it was witnessed that the crowd was chanting his name while he was batting.
Dhoni last played for India during the semi-final of the World Cup against New Zealand. He was well on his way to produce another masterclass and take his side over the line. But New Zealand’s premium fielder Martin Guptill broke the heart of the Indian fans as he ran Dhoni out with a firing throw. With the run-out, India’s dream of playing the final also ended straight away.
Since then, Dhoni has been away from cricket for quite a long time now and his future with Indian cricket is still uncertain. He was also dropped from the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players in January.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 2, 2020