Updated: April 14, 2020 10:40:57 pm
With the speculations about MS Dhoni’s future raging on after the postponement of IPL, his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teammate Suresh Raina on Tuesday threw some gentle on the previous India captain’s preparation forward of the cash-rich T20 league.
Dhoni has been on a self-imposed sabbatical from cricket ever since India’s exit from the World Cup in July final 12 months. Since then he hasn’t performed any aggressive cricket with some even claiming that it’s getting more and more troublesome for the Jharkhand dasher to make a world return after such a chronic break.
But based on Raina, the 38-year-old looked sharp as ever when he joined CSK’s training camp on March 2, the place he had scored a whirlwind 123 off 91 balls in a apply match forward of IPL 2020.
Talking about that camp Raina talked about how Dhoni confirmed no indicators of slowing down and in reality appeared higher than earlier than.
“I used to be joined by [Ambati] Rayudu, [Murali] Vijay and all within the health camp. Then Mahi bhai joined us,” Raina in an Instagram Live session with SportsTak. “If you ask me I think he was striking the ball pretty well and the bat flow seemed quite good. He never looked better.”
When requested if Dhoni will play for India once more, Raina mentioned, “He still has a lot of cricket left in him. It would be best if he answers this question with his bat.”
“He was trying to be innovative with his shots and kept changing his game depending on whether he was facing a spinner or a pacer. We played practice games and those sixes were as big as they were before.”
Raina additionally talked about that Dhoni didn’t present any indicators of ageing in any respect, even after such an extended break.
“That specific night, he was batting for three hours in that Chennai warmth. The lights got here on, and but he was occurring. His physique isn’t exhibiting indicators of any ageing. If you ask me, Mahi bhai is batting brilliantly,” mentioned Raina who received the 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy underneath Dhoni’s management.
“He was looking different and was trying to do something different every single time, be it with his focus or his running between the wickets. People will surely get to know when he starts to play.”
Raina went on to say that he’s nonetheless hopeful of a comeback within the T20I workforce forward of the World Cup in October. The left-handed batsman additionally slammed the selectors for not offering sufficient motive as to why he was dropped after the England tour in 2018.
Dhoni has been on the helm of CSK for the reason that inception of IPL in 2008 and has led the facet to a few titles and 5 runners-up finishes. The present version of IPL is all set to be indefinitely postponed after Prime Minister Modi introduced the extension of the nationwide lockdown as a result of coronavirus pandemic until May 3.
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