With the Indian Premier League beginning later this month, it’s that point of the 12 months once more when town will get an opportunity to welcome M. S. Dhoni-led Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) and be a part of their journey in a brand new version.
On March 2, CSK had its first observe session on the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium with Dhoni being an element. To not be stunned, there have been near 1000 folks to provide their ‘Thala’ and the crew a rousing reception.
Reduce to day three and the scenes aren’t any completely different, aside from the massive turnout with folks packed within the two decrease tiers of the 2 stands that had been opened to the general public. It’s Dhoni that attracts the gang and when within the stands it isn’t that tough to catch a glimpse of him. The load roar and the course of their collective glances information you to the place he’s coaching.
Accompanied by the crew’s CEO Ok.S. Viswanathan, he quietly makes his strategy to the nets, however the decibel degree within the stands rises — near deafening. It reaches a crescendo when Dhoni places on his gloves and ambles together with three bats. Earlier than taking part in the likes of pacer Ok. M. Asif, leg-spinner Karn Sharma and different internet bowlers — he begins the session by dealing with tennis balls – every time trying to not hit laborious and taking part in with a straight bat.
With an acknowledging wave to the gang, Dhoni takes guard and the primary ball from Asif is a large down the leg and the following ball from Sharma, he slices it in direction of off.
Amidst all this, a fan by some means manages to dodge the safety and makes a splash in direction of the CSK captain – touches his ft and in addition provides him a parting hug earlier than being dragged away by the police personnel.
View from the stand of CSK’s coaching session on the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium. – Ok. Pichumani
The ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ chant reverberates in the entire stadium as the previous India captain continues to bat within the nets. He, nevertheless, would not disappoint the massive gathering of his followers by taking part in the helicopter shot.
It has been 239 days since Dhoni final performed after being run out off a direct hit by Martin Guptill within the 2019 World Cup semifinal towards New Zealand, at Outdated Trafford. He misplaced his central contract, not thought of for choice anymore within the limited-overs codecs — what subsequent for Dhoni was a query everybody has been asking.
What subsequent, you ask? The long run seems to be promising with him again in CSK’s den and getting his crew battle prepared for IPL 2020.