MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings finally hits the nets on Friday as they started their final preparations for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While all the teams started training last week, CSK had to extend their quarantine period after 13 of their members including two players tested positive for COVID-19.
The players who tested positive are Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar. Barring these two, all the other players took part in the training on Friday. Under lights at the ICC Academy in Dubai, it was business, as usual, for the MS Dhoni-led side. MS Dhoni led from the front as he hit the nets and was seen facing the likes of Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla.
And the way the net session unfolded, MS Dhoni and CSK fans would be delighted. The veteran player, who retired from international cricket last month, looked in good touch as he hit some big shots and was hitting the balls really well. The wicketkeeper-batsman has not played a competitive game since last year’s World Cup.
In the other net, CSK opener Shane Watson was batting and faced leg-spinner Karn Sharma.
Here is the clip posted by Chennai Super Kings:
CSK has already suffered several setbacks ahead of IPL 2020. Apart from the COVID-19 cases, two of their senior players – Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina – have pulled out of the entire tournament. Both the players have pulled out citing personal reasons.
IPL 2020 is scheduled to start from September 19 and if everything goes as per the plan, CSK could lock horns against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the first game of the tournament.
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