Former India captain MS Dhoni has been away from cricket since India’s exit from the 2019 World Cup after shedding to New Zealand in the semifinal. The wicketkeeper-batsman is about to make a return in the upcoming version of Indian Premier League (IPL) which is about to start from March 29. The 38-year-outdated started taking part in for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since the inauguration of the T20 match in 2008. He performed for Rising Pune Super Giant in 2016 and 2017, when CSK was given a two-12 months ban. He returned to play for CSK in 2018, and helped his aspect elevate the title. Under his captaincy, CSK have gained three IPL trophies to date.
Speaking on the Return of the Lion present on Star Sports Network, Dhoni went down the memory lane to recall his time with the franchise. “This journey started in 2008, CSK has helped me improve in everything whether it was being a human being or being a cricketer, handling situations that are tough both in and out of the field and how to be humble once you are doing well,” he stated.
Dhoni is fondly thought to be “Thala” in Chennai, the hometown of the franchise. The cricketer defined the purpose behind the title. “‘Thala’ basically means brother, so for me, it’s more the abstract of the fans, the love and affection towards me is the reflection of that,” he stated.
“Whenever I am in Chennai or down South they never call me by my name they address me as ‘Thala’ and the moment someone calls me Thala they are showing their love and respect but at the same time he is a CSK fan,” Dhoni added.
Dhoni has to date performed 190 IPL matches (together with two editions for Rising Pune Supergiants) and has scored 4,432 runs, together with 23 half centuries. CSK will begin their IPL 2020 marketing campaign towards defending champions Mumbai Indians on March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium in what will probably be a repeat of final 12 months’s ultimate.
(With inputs from IANS)