Mahendra Singh Dhoni will begin preparing for his much-anticipated coming to cricket in the Indian Premier League (IPL) from March 2. The veteran CSK skipper, who led India to two world titles, will begin his preparation at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The 38-year old has not played since the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand last year and has kept a stoic stillness on what his next transit would be. He was released from the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted members in January.
CSK CEO KS Viswanathan: MS will practice at the M A Chidambaram stadium from the 2nd of March. He will train with players who are ready at that time. The complete camp will commence on 19 March when all the members would have joined the team.
Dhoni is expected to prepare for two weeks with the Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu among others. He would then take a break before returning, a source said. Raina and Rayudu have been practicing in Chennai for the past three weeks or so. Dhoni had commenced training with the Jharkhand team some time back.
The Super Kings’ training sessions in the last two seasons have brought thousands of supporters and with Dhoni set for an early return for training, similar numbers can be supposed this time around too.