The lion is again in its lair. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has landed in his metropolis of future forward of Chennai Tremendous King’s IPL marketing campaign within the UAE.
Even the King’s lieutenants, together with the mercurial Suresh Raina, touched down on Friday. The extremely profitable and common franchise will prepare in its den in Chennai until it flies to the Center-East on August 21. The group will apply on the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on August 15, 17, 18, 19 and 20. Since August 16 is a ‘lockdown’ day within the metropolis, it will likely be an off-day for the cricketers too, who’re put up at Crowne Plaza.
As many as 13 CSK gamers are within the metropolis. The three remaining Indian gamers — Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh and Shardul Thakur — will be part of the group right here on August 21 owing to non-public commitments.
And the eight overseas gamers of this heavyweight Chennai outfit and the teaching workers will meet up with the facet solely within the UAE on August 21 as a result of journey restrictions within the COVID-19 period.
Former India paceman L. Balaji, CSK’s bowling coach, will oversee the Chennai camp.
Speaking to Sportstar, CSK CEO Ok.S. Viswanathan, who will probably be travelling with the facet, revealed each participant will probably be examined for COVID thrice earlier than leaving for the UAE.
“They already underwent a take a look at on Thursday. So two extra exams stay,” he revealed.
Paradoxically, even throughout days when the I, J, and Ok stands have been sealed, the CSK apply classes was once an enormous draw with greater than 10,000 spectators chanting “Dhoni, Dhoni.”
Now when all of the stands can be found, the one ones allowed into the stadium to observe the coaching would be the CSK gamers, the workers and Tamil Nadu Cricket Affiliation officers.
Sadly, after a relentless pursuit by the TNCA — the I, J, Ok stands have been final opened in December 2012 for an India-Pakistan ODI — and when the complete stadium is now accessible for the general public, Chepauk will probably be silent with empty stands.
“It’s a pity that we’ll not be enjoying in Chennai this 12 months when the complete stadium would have been packed,” stated Viswanathan.
However then, these are very tough, demanding instances.