Keeper, captain, finisher and now... MS Dhoni dons new role ahead of IPL 2020 - WATCH

Updated on Feb 28, 2020 03:01 PM IST

IPL 2020: MS Dhoni, who has been away from cricket since the culmination of World Cup last year, will make a return for Chennai Super Kings in IPL this year.

CSK captain MS Dhoni.(HT File)
CSK captain MS Dhoni.(HT File)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has donned several roles for Team India during his illustrious career. The right-hander is regarded as one of the best wicketkeepers in international cricket. He also went on to become India’s most successful captain in ICC tournaments with three ICC trophies. Ahead of IPL 2020, Dhoni was seen donning a new role in Ranchi. In a video going viral on social media, the 38-year-old was seen driving a tractor on JSCA pitch in Ranchi to help out the curators.

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This is not the first time Dhoni has been seen at JSCA Stadium, which is his home ground. In the past few months, the cricketer has been seen grinding it out at the gym inside the stadium.

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni will start his training in Chennai from March 2 along with other players ahead of season-13 of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 38-year old Dhoni, whose future in the game has been a subject of intense speculation since the ICC 50-over World Cup in June-July last year, will start training at the M A Chidambaram stadium for the upcoming IPL.

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The IPL 2020 begins with a match between CSK and defending champion Mumbai Indians in Mumbai on March 29. According to CSK CEO K S Viswanathan, Dhoni will be training with players who are available as the full preparatory camp of the team begins on March 19. 

Former India captain Dhoni is expected to practice for a couple of weeks with the likes of Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu among others. He would then take a break before returning, sources told news agency PTI. Raina and Rayudu have been training here for the past three weeks or so. Sources said it would help the veteran stumper to bond with the new players in the CSK set-up.

The Super Kings’ practice sessions in the last two years had attracted crowds in thousands and with Dhoni set for an early arrival for preparation similar numbers can be expected this time around also. The three-time IPL champion had picked up veteran leggie Piyush Chawla, Aussie pacer Josh Hazelwood, England all-rounder Sam Curran and Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore during the auction held in December last.

(With PTI inputs)

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