IPL 2020: Watch CSK skipper MS Dhoni hit his critics for a six
'Thala Dhoni', as he popularly known in Chennai, has been impressed in the nets so far, and has not looked rusty despite not playing a professional cricket match since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinal.
Three Indian Premier League (IPL) titles as the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, one T20 World Cup and another ODI World Cup in his kitty. You would be forgiven if you though the critics would spare former Indian national team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni from all the flak. But we are, unfortunately or fortunately, a cricket-mad nation, and therefore it is not surprising how talks about Dhoni's retirement and his ability to make an impact at the age of 38 have clouded the headlines in the weeks leading up to the IPL.
'Thala Dhoni', as he popularly known in Chennai, has been impressed in the nets so far, and has not looked rusty despite not playing a professional cricket match since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinal. Dhoni's subsequent sabbatical had kept the fans guessing about his retirement with many expecting the wicketkeeping batsman to call it a day after IPL 2020.
IPL broadcasters, sensing an opportunity in these speculations, recently launched a TVC, where the Chennai Super Kings captain takes a dig at all his critics. The video features a couple is laughing at a meme on Dhoni only to later realise that the Chennai captain was sitting right next to them.
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They get embarrassed on realising the blunder they made but Dhoni calmly asks for a headphone and puts it on after telling the couple there was too much noise - a clear dig at him critics.
The 13th edition of the IPL is just a few weeks away and the fans will be eagerly awaiting CSK captain MS Dhoni's return to cricket. Chennai's first match of the season will be away against arch rivals Mumbai Indians on March 29. A solid performance in the IPL can catapult the Jharkhand-born cricketer's chances to make it to the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup travelling to Australia.