The captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), MS Dhoni was seen practicing in the nets ahead of the 14th edition of the tournament as the Chennai-based franchise step-up their preparations for the league. Dhoni was seen showcasing a gamut of strokes at the nets inside the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai where the players have started the training camp ahead of the IPL.
CSK would hope Dhoni’s return to the nets marks new beginnings for the team that failed to make the playoffs for the first time last season. Dhoni, though, had clarified that in CSK’s last IPL 2020 match that it was “definitely not” his last in the yellow jersey.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 11, 2021
CSK finished sixth in IPL 2020 after winning six out of their 14 matches when the tournament had to be shifted to the UAE from September to November due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the league returning to India this season, CSK, or any other team, would not have the privilege of playing at home as all matches have been scheduled at neutral venues for the teams.
Six cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad – will be hosting the 14th edition of the IPL and the league will begin on April 9 with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai.
CSK will start their campaign on April 10 when they will be locking horns with the runners-up from last season Delhi Capitals (DC) in Mumbai.
The playoffs and the final will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Dhoni, who is one of the most experienced players in the IPL and has led CSK in every season that the team has played, will look to add to his IPL tally of 4632 runs from 204 matches.