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IPL 2019: MS Dhoni reacts to being called ‘Thala’, speaks about the CSK fans

Dhoni, the batsman was in full flow as he smacked a 22-ball 44 which powered CSK to 179/4 in 20 overs. Suresh Raina top-scored with 59 (37b, 8x4, 1x6).

cricket Updated: May 02, 2019 09:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni(PTI)

MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings - two names which have become synonymous after all these years of the Indian Premier League. The CSK-skipper has been accepted by Chennai and is fondly known as Thala. The rapturous cheers for every Dhoni-movement on the field is reflective of his huge sway over the crowd.

Chennai Super Kings played their final league match of the season at their home ground and thumped Delhi Capitals by a whopping margin of 80 runs. Speaking at the post-match presentation, MS Dhoni was gracious while accepting all the love and conceded that this affection was indeed very special for him.

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“It’s a big nickname that they have given me. It feels really special. I didn’t realize that it was part of the first CSK song. The way I got accepted and the whole of Tamil Nadu -- don’t call my name, they call me ‘Thala’. It’s very nice and they have always supported not only me but the whole team,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni, the batsman was in full flow as he smacked a 22-ball 44 which powered CSK to 179/4 in 20 overs. Suresh Raina top-scored with 59 (37b, 8x4, 1x6).

Delhi Capitals struggled in their chase as they were bundled out for 99 runs. With 18 points in the bag, CSK are now back at the top of the points table. Whistles, roars and a lap of honour followed after this emphatic win as the crowd stayed back to soak in the atmosphere.

First Published: May 02, 2019 09:27 IST