On a comeback path: Dhoni the cynosure of all eyes

Abu Dhabi, September 19

The 2020 version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set for a blockbuster opening with defending champions Mumbai Indians resuming their long-standing fabled rivalry with seasoned favourites Chennai Super Kings on Saturday night on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Both sides have performed a complete of 29 matches towards one another, however MI have dominated the head-to-head file with 17 wins. More than an ‘El Clasico of IPL’, followers are eagerly awaiting the return of MS Dhoni, who returns after an yr.

Three titles, eight appearances within the finals and a staggering 100 per cent qualification file to the match play-offs – CSK’s general file within the IPL has been phenomenal. Ahead of the match opener which airs on the Star Sports community and Disney+ Hotstar, CSK could be eager to avenge their 2019 IPL remaining loss towards the Rohit Sharma-led brigade.

Following are the issues which followers can look ahead to from CSK on this IPL season: 

Dhoni’s grand comeback

Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings have been synonymous to one another within the IPL, forming a relationship in contrast to no different in franchise cricket. The veteran chief’s contribution to CSK has been a minimum of heroic, with 871 runs at common of 79.18 over the last two seasons.

Dhoni, who introduced his worldwide retirement on Independence Day this yr, has not performed aggressive cricket since India’s semi-final exit towards New Zealand on the 2019 World Cup. So, Dhoni would certainly be the cynosure of all eyes.

CSK’s mighty spin assault

Since his debut as a captain in 2007, Dhoni has closely relied on spinners. This time too, CSK head into the 2020 version of the IPL with a powerful spin bowling unit. With the likes of Mitchell Santner, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir and Karn Sharma of their ranks, CSK generally is a actual menace contemplating the dry surfaces of the UAE. The surfaces of the Chepauk and Abu Dhabi/Dubai are anticipated to be comparable in some ways and groups can anticipate a whirlwind of spin throughout the match.

Records Dhoni can smash in IPL 13

As Dhoni returns to the enjoying area, with the wicketkeeper’s gloves, there are a couple of data which he may break within the match:  The CSK captain at present tops the charts for many dismissals within the IPL. But he can go a step additional. Dhoni, with 133 dismissals to his identify, wants 17 extra to achieve the landmark of 150 dismissals.

The 39-year-old can take a look at breaking the file for essentially the most dismissals in a single season. With 24 dismissals in 16 matches throughout IPL 12, the file is at present held by Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant. Going by information about Dhoni’s type with phrase from the camp suggesting that he’s sharp and match, this must be a cakewalk for the three-time IPL champion. IANS

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