As the fever of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts to shape up, one cannot keep MS Dhoni out of it. As far as international cricket is concerned, the former Indian captain’s future hangs by a thread, but not so much when it comes to the lucrative tournament. And according to the Chennai Super Kings’ CEO KS Vishwanath, their captain will begin to train from the 2nd of March in Chennai after announcing that he would take part in the cash-rich league.

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Chennai Super Kings will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 29th of March. The two sides clashed in the final of the previous season where under Rohit Sharma’s leadership, Mumbai lifted their fourth IPL trophy in six years.

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MS Dhoni. Photo: BCCI

The 38-year old played his last competitive game at the Old Trafford in Manchester back in July 2019. He scored a half-century in India’s heartbreaking loss to New Zealand in the semi-final of the World Cup. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman will kickstart his training at the Chidambaram Stadium along with notable names like Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu and several others.

MS Dhoni would want to bond with the new players ahead of the upcoming season:

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings (Credits: IPL)

A source close to the franchise conceded that the 38-year old that starting to train early would help him bond with the new players in the fold. In the auction held last year, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, and Sam Curran were some prominent buys made by the owners. KS Vishwanath also confirmed that the full preparatory camp would commence on the 19th of March.

Not only the matches but also the practice sessions of the yellow army has attracted a massive number of crowd. And with their leader’s early arrival, similar numbers could be expected.

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