Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday received a rousing reception at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai during his first training session with Chennai Super Kings ahead of his much-anticipated return to action in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
MS Dhoni, who has not played any cricket after Indiaâ€™s defeat in the semifinals of the World Cup last year, is back in familiar territory. Looking trim and sporting a crew cut, Dhoni waved to the crowd and did some stretching exercises. After exchanging pleasantries with CSKÂ officials and players, he put on a cardio-jacket and did sprint exercises that generally check the heart beat. This training method is usually followed by fast bowlers.
Later, using bats of different weights, he had a session at the centre wicket. Initially, Dhoni looked rusty against some of the local medium-pacers, but he quickly adapted and the shots started flying from the meat of the blade. Be it local bowlers or CSK bowlers like Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla and R Sai Kishore, the ball started soaring into the stands to the delight of fans.
The 38-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, who led India to two world titles, got down to work with some other team members. CSK’s full camp will begin on March 19.