MS Dhoni has been a synonym to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since the birth of the Indian Premier League. He has given a lot to the franchise including winning the coveted IPL title and thrice and making it to the playoffs in all the season they have participated in. Ahead of another exciting season of IPL, Dhoni has paid the ultimate tribute to the franchise saying that he has learned a lot here.
The Super Kings skipper on March 2 returned to action to resume his duties ahead of the season which commences from March 29. Chennai play defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni, who has been out of the game since India’s World Cup exit started his training amidst huge roars from the fans.
The legendary cricketer, who was also joined by Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla looked in sublime touch hitting the ball out of the park with ease. Meanwhile, with the tournament still three weeks to set off, MS Dhoni has credited Chennai Super Kings for making him a better cricketer and a person both in and out of the cricket field.
“…CSK has helped me improve in everything, whether it was being a human being or being a cricketer, handling situations that are tough both in and out of the field and how to be humble once you are doing well,” Dhoni was quoted as saying on a show for the official broadcasting channel.
The Yellow Brigade fondly calls MS Dhoni ‘thala’, which means brother. Dhoni expressed that the love and respect he has got from the fans of Chennai are special and he holds that close to his heart. The veteran cricketer will be keen to take Chennai to their fourth IPL title and give something back to the fans.
Thala’ basically means brother, so for me, it’s more the abstract of the fans, the love and affection towards me is the reflection of that,” he said.
“Whenever I am in Chennai or down South they never call me by my name, they address me as ‘Thala’ and the moment someone calls me ‘Thala’ they are showing their love and respect but at the same time he is a CSK fan,” Dhoni concluded.