MS Dhoni may have signed off on international duties, but he will be at the forefront of the action Indian Premier League (IPL) – A tournament he helped inspire, and where he remains a giant figure. MS Dhoni, who has led Chennai Super Kings to three titles and five runner-up finishes in the 12 editions of the IPL, will play in the opening match against the defending champions, Mumbai Indians on Saturday. The game comes more than a year after the last match of 39 years played for him in India. Semifinal defeat to new zealand in 2019 world cup.
After much speculation, the wicketkeeper-batsman finally Last month announced the end of his 16-year international career.
And without the pressure of playing well to retain his place in the national team, the flamboyant Dhoni is expected to shine in the temporary home of the UAE, the IPL as India grapples with a massive coronovirus problem.
Another former wicketkeeper from India, Saba Karim said, “I believe he is very fit and I believe he is working very hard on it. Apart from that he has also stopped playing international cricket, Which will put less burden on their body. “
“Global cricket still needs an icon M S Dhoni To continue.”
Dhoni’s captaincy began with India winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, a breakthrough that marked the beginning of the birth of the IPL – the world’s most popular and richest cricket league – a year later.
“Dhoni played an important role in starting the IPL because of the way he brought a different dimension to the shorter format of the game due to the aggressive side with Willow,” Karim said.
“Even with their cool exterior behind the stumps.”
Dhoni, once recognized as the world’s best finisher, has played 190 IPL matches, scoring 4,432 runs including 23 half-centuries.
An exemplary leader with sharp glovework, Dhoni has made Chennai one of the most loved franchises of the IPL with nearly 200,000 following the team’s fan club on Twitter.
‘Soul of chennai’
Chennai CEO Kashi Vishwanathan says that Dhoni is crucial to the team’s plans and expects him to continue playing till the 2022 edition.
The team is under scrutiny after coming to the UAE with two players who tested positive for coronovirus last month.
Senior batsman Suresh Raina and veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh He was subsequently eliminated from the competition.
“I swear if Dhoni gets out of IPL, there is no IPL for me this year!” A Twitter user wrote after the withdrawal.
Cricketer to commentator Akash Chopra said that Dhoni is “the biggest strength of the team and the entire franchise depends on him.”
Chopra said in her YouTube show, “She is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as she is there, CSK’s heart keeps beating and they move on. MS Dhoni, player and captain.”
“Dhoni is going to rule once again as a captain, as a captain.”
Chennai and Dhoni were mired in controversies in 2015 when the team was banned from the IPL for two years on charges of match fixing.
But Dhoni and his team – including several players over the age of 35, including Shane Watson of Australia and South African Imran Tahir – are making a comeback.
Labeled ‘Dad’s Army’ by the media, Chennai won the title in 2018 and established themselves as one of the most consistent teams in IPL history.
Veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz.com said, “Dhoni is Chennai, Chennai is Dhoni. If Dhoni is doing well. Chennai is doing well.”
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