Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been out of action since India’s semi-final defeat against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019, is set to return to the field in the Indian Premier League (IPL), scheduled to kick-off on 29 March 2020.
The 38-year-old on Monday reached Chennai to start his preparations for the forthcoming edition of the IPL. Chennai Super Kings (CSK), shared a video on the official handle. "Every goose shall bump with First Day First Show feels! Just #StartTheWhistles! #HomeSweetDen," CSK captioned the video.
The video displays MS Dhoni leaving the airport in the company of security officials. The video also shows MS Dhoni entering a hotel after shaking hands with the guard.
CSK will kick start their campaign against titleholders Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on 29th March.
After Mumbai Indians, who have won four IPL trophies, CSK are the second most successful IPL team with three title wins.
As maintained by CSK Chief Executive Officer KS Viswanathan, MS Dhoni will commence his training at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and will be accompanied by some of his IPL teammates.
"Dhoni will train at the MA Chidambaram stadium from March 2. He will practice with players who are available at that time," CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said in Chennai.
"The full camp will begin on 19 March when all the players would have joined the squad," he added.
The Rachi cricketer has not featured in any international matches since the men in blue lost to New Zealand in the semi-final of the quadrennial in july 2019.
MS Dhoni’s consistent absenteeism from the national team saw him lose his spot in the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players in January.