MS Dhoni resumes training ahead of IPL 2020, practices with bowling machine in Ranchi: Report

MS Dhoni resumes training ahead of IPL 2020, practices with bowling machine in Ranchi: Report

Ranchi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirming the start and the end dates of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 came as a huge relief for the Indian cricket fans – who have been deprived of action ever since India’s home series against South Africa was cancelled due to rain. The return of IPL also means fans will get to see the return of MS Dhoni.
The former Indian captain, who remains to be one of the most followed cricketers in India, has been away from the action for more than a year now, his last appearance against the Men in Blue being the ICC World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
Weeks ahead of IPL 2020’s announcement, several Indian cricketers began hitting the nets. As reported by the New Indian Express, Dhoni too, resumed training in Ranchi at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) International Stadium Complex.
“He visited the JSCA International Stadium Complex last week. He practised at the indoor facility using bowling machine,” a JSCA office-bearer confirmed on condition of anonymity.
While Dhoni played some practice matches with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players earlier this year, he was back in Ranchi after the camps were suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He has been there ever since and has made occasional appearances on social media.
Unsure of whether Dhoni will be backing for training at the JSCA complex, the official added, “He did batting practice for two days over the weekend, but has not returned since. I honestly don’t know what are his plans or whether he will come back for training. We only know he has visited the facility for practice.”
While there’s a lot of uncertainty over Dhoni’s international future, he is likely to take a call based on his performance in the lucrative tournament. Also, considering the Men’s World T20 is postponed for next year, it remains to be seen whether Indian fans will get to see Dhoni back in India colours again.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to be hosted in UAE this year as a result of the huge spike in the number of coronavirus cases in India. The biggest challenge for the Indian board at the moment is to find a new title sponsor for the tournament after the BCCI suspended its deal with Vio for the upcoming edition. Vivo is expected to return as IPL’s title sponsor in 2021.

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