MS Dhoni celebrates Chennai Super Kings’ return to IPL in unique way

Chennai Super Kings are back in the Indian Premier League after a two-year ban from the tournament and MS Dhoni is leading the celebrations in a very unique way.

cricket Updated: Jul 15, 2017 12:49 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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MS Dhoni has led Chennai Super Kings two Indian Premier League titles and also to two Champions League titles as the franchise prepares to return to the IPL in 2018.(MS Dhoni Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings, the two-time Indian Premier League champions are back. The fans of the franchise are excited and so is their leader is obviously ecstatic . With the two-year ban on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) ending and the BCCI formally welcoming back the two franchises in IPL, but CSK captain MS Dhoni, who spent two years with Rising Pune Supergiant (formerly Rising Pune Supergiants) in the IPL, celebrated it in style.

Dhoni posted a photograph of himself wearing a CSK jersey, sporting his customary jersey number ‘7’ and the Tamil word ‘Thala’ written over it. ‘Thala’ in Tamil translates to ‘leader’.

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There were also no surprises in learning that as soon as the news broke out, several of Chennai Super Kings’ fans took to social media demanding Dhoni’s return to the franchise.

One of the most successful T20 teams, CSK won the IPL twice under the leadership of Dhoni, in 2010 and 2011. They have been runners-up on as many as four occasions, in 2008, 2012, 2013 and in 2015.

Chennai Super Kings have also won the now-defunct Champions League T20 twice, in 2010 and 2014. CSK were banned in 2015 when the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee announced their decision, in wake of the IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal.

“Jaipur IPL claims it is highly celebrated as a nursery of players. But three of its players have accused of alleged spot-fixing. This shows that all is not well in their handling of affairs,” said former Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha.

First Published: Jul 15, 2017 12:47 IST