IPL 2023: MS Dhoni Arrives In Chennai To Join CSK Squad, Gets Thala Welcome – Watch 

MS Dhoni Joins CSK

MS Dhoni, the captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has landed in Chennai to get ready for the 16th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). As the supporters waited impatiently to see the iconic player, the legendary IPL skipper was given a warm welcome at the Chennai airport. Dhoni immediately got in his car and headed for the team hotel.

As soon as Dhoni arrived at the hotel, CSK posted a photo of him doing so. “Thala Dharisanam, finally!” the franchisee wrote in the post’s caption. Dhoni will return to the field after a lengthy absence of 10 months, having missed all of the competitive cricket since May 2022.

Dhoni, who has 4978 runs in 234 IPL games, would once again be a crucial part of the team since he would bring to it tremendous IPL experience. He led CSK to four IPL titles.

Thala Dhoni arrival in Chennai – Fans’ Reaction

The clip of Dhoni’s arrival surfaced on social space and has since gone viral as fans are loving it:

Dhoni to lead CSK squad again in IPL 2023 

It is confirmed that Dhoni will captain CSK for at least one more season. Prior to the start of IPL 2022, the four-time champion captain had given the team’s leadership to Ravindra Jadeja, but as the Yellow Army struggled under the star all-rounder, he took it back.

From 8 games, CSK only earned 2 victories with Jadeja as captain. With CSK’s chances of advancing to the next round being extremely limited, Dhoni took the reins once again. They won two of their subsequent six games to place ninth in the points standings.

Ben Stokes likely to assist the CSK squad 

Ben Stokes may assist Dhoni this year since he appears to be a strong candidate to succeed the great skipper when he departs. Stokes is England’s Test cricket captain and is also eligible to wear the captain’s hat in the T20 league.

After the IPL in 2023, Dhoni is anticipated to make a decision on his future, and this season may be his last. On April 3, against Lucknow Super Giants, the future ICC Hall of Famer would play his first game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. In the opening game of the season, CSK will face the reigning champions, Gujarat Titans. On March 31, the match will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Regarding the CSK team, the four-time IPL champions participated in the mini-auction and acquired Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Kyle Jamieson, Ajay Mandal, and Bhagath Varma. Due to a back problem, all-arounder Jamieson has been forced to withdraw from the season. CSK may shortly make a replacement announcement. Dasun Shanaka is likely to join the CSK squad. 

IPL 2023 CSK Squads 

MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Kyle Jamieson, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma

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