Among the great teams for playing in IPL such as the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Sunrises Hyderabad, Punjab Kings XI; Chennai Super Kings seems to hold a tremendous amount of support and follower from all parts of the nation. The veteran wicketkeeper and batsman M.S Dhoni, being the team captain, does play a vital role in the immense amount of following that is poured upon the team of Chennai Super Kings. Along with Dhoni, the team also boost of holding some of the best players of world cricket, such as Suresh Raina, Ravinder Jadeja, Shane Watson, Dyan Bravo, and many others. These traits make the team the most entertaining of the lot.
M S DHONI
Dhoni is fondly called with the moniker Thala by the people of Tamilnadu for his successful stint with the franchise of CHENNAI SUPER KINGS. Dhoni has been part of the CHENNAI SUPER KINGS team since 2008, the first edition of the Indian Premier League, and has won the three IPL trophies that CHENNAI SUPER KINGS holds. M.S Dhoni also holds the world record of winning all the ICC tournaments he had captained. According to Chennai Super Kings CEO K.S. Vishwanathan, Dhoni would be training with available players of the team from March 19. The former Indian skipper can be seen last playing against New Zealand in ICC World Cup semifinals.
Then he made himself busy before the World Cup exit and was eventually dropped from the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players. He began his training with the players of Jharkhand a few days back. The plan as of the present situation is that of Dhoni practicing with the available players such as Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu, who have begun their practice sessions quite earlier. Later after the practice, he might take a break before returning to the match. Dhoni, along with his other available players, began the training in Chennai, Chepauk Stadium, on Monday, March 2, 2020. As the former Indian captain had minimal touch with the ground in the previous few days, he decides to begin practicing early to be at the top of his game, and master his style in a better manner. M.S Dhoni walked into the middle of the ground after completing a couple of joggings around and doing stretches. The former Indian captain fastened his pads and gave away a few massive hits, which are his trademark styles. The remaining players of the team are said to join the practice sometimes soon once they are free of their obligations.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Along with holding world-class cricketers, the group of Chennai Super Kings has also been the crown bearers and titleholders of the match thrice. They won the trophy in the years 2010, 2011, and 2018. And have had a horn lock with the current title holders Mumbai Indians. Incidentally, the first match of the IPL 2020 season is also between the ever rival teams Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The game for the current season is said to begin by March 29 at Wankhede Stadium, giving hints of the previous season’s finals. The present team of CHENNAI SUPER KINGS has chosen veteran leggie Piyush Chawla, Aussie pacer Josh Hazelwood, Tamilnadu left-hand spinner R Sai Kishore, and England All-rounder Sam Curran in the auction that happened in December 2019.
CRICKET AND IPL IN INDIA
Cricket is a vital part of the tradition of India that bounds the whole nation one, despite its cultural diversity. It is the most popular sport to be played with in the country and has gained massive popularity with no age differentiation. The reason for such immense popularity might be due to its achievements of various titles, including the 1983 Cricket World Cup, 2007 ICC World T20, 2011 Cricket World Cup, and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Apart from international attention, India as well as organizes private events such as the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Irani Trophy. The IPL (Indian Premier League) is a Twenty-Twenty competition that is conducted by India and stands as one of the biggest cricket league and sports league in the whole of the world. It also holds the record of having some of the highest records of attendance. It was formulated by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) in the year 2008. It is usually conducted in March, April, or May every year. The match consists of eight teams who stand to represent eight various cities of the country. According to the BCCI, the IPL conducted in 2015 contributed Rs. 11.5 billion to the GDP of the Indian economy.
The Chennai Super Kings practice session in the past number of years had attracted vast waves of a crowd to the stadium. And because of Dhoni being set for early arrival for the sake of preparation this season, the group is expected to have the same intensity if not higher. These vast amounts of cheer and support that the teammates of Chennai Super Kings receive from the followers of their home ground has always claimed to be boosting and energizing to the team and its players in the upcoming matches. And also one of their secret to success.
In the previous year, the defending champions Chennai Super Kings began their full-fledged preparation for the 12th IPL match in M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on March 16, 2019. And the year before that Chennai Super Kings has started their training session under the right guidance of assistant coach Mike Hussey and bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji. The practice session seemed fruitful as the team qualified to enter the finals and lost to their opponent Mumbai Indians in only a single run. As the practice session for this season seems to have begun tad bit earlier in contrast to the previous seasons and seems to go in a very vibrant flow, there can be a good chance for the team of Chennai Super Kings to create a significant impact in the ground. And also, the choices of the new players might be an added advantage to the team. The team has to start practicing earlier to get accustomed to the playing styles of the new teammates.