MS Dhoni returns to nets in Ranchi ahead of IPL 2020
IPL 2020: MS Dhoni has hit the ground running in a bid to prepare for the IPL, hitting the JSCA indoor facility.Updated: Aug 07, 2020 12:01 IST
MS Dhoni’s sabbatical from cricket is all set to end as the Chennai Super Kings captain gears up to return for the IPL 2020, starting September 19 in the UAE. A day after Suresh Raina said Dhoni’s ‘helicopters’ are expected to be out soon, it seems as if his former CSK and India captain has taken Raina’s words seriously.
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As per reports, Dhoni has hit the ground running in a bid to prepare for the IPL, hitting the JSCA indoor facility ahead of the IPL. Due to lockdown and social distancing, there aren’t too many bowlers available in Ranchi at the moment, so Dhoni has taken to facing bowling machines for the time being.
“He (Dhoni) visited the JSCA International Stadium Complex last week. He practised at the indoor facility using bowling machine,” a Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) office-bearer told the New Indian Express. “He did batting practice for two days over the weekend, but has not returned since. I honestly don’t know what are his plans or whether he will come back for training. We only know he has visited the facility for practice.”
Reports further suggest that Dhoni used to train regularly at the facility for the IPL before the lockdown was imposed. With the CSK team expected to gather in Chennai on August 20 before the players take off for the UAE, Dhoni has some couple of weeks left to get the most of the training facility in Ranchi. Earlier this year, Dhoni was part of the scheduled month-long training camp, which did not last long because of the Covid-19 pandemic.