Mahendra Singh Dhoni returns to nets in Ranchi ahead of IPL 2020

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Picture courtesy: DNA India)

Ranchi: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be soon seen in action after he was spotted hitting the nets in Ranchi. The two-time World Cup-winning skipper will lead Chennai Super Kings in the 13th edition of the IPL in UAE from September 19.

According to reports, Dhoni has started practicing at JSCA (Jharkhand State Cricket Association) Indoor Stadium in Ranchi. Due to lockdown and social distancing, there aren’t too many bowlers available in Ranchi at the moment, so Dhoni has turned to the bowling machines for the time being.

“He (Dhoni) visited the JSCA International Stadium Complex last week. He practised at the indoor facility using bowling machine,” a Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) office-bearer told the New Indian Express.

“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.” Reports further suggest that Dhoni used to train regularly at the facility for the IPL before the lockdown was imposed.

The players are believed to gather at Chennai by August 9 and fly out to UAE the next morning. Fans are also very excited about Dhoni’s return. The veteran wicketkeeper was never seen on the cricket field since the 2019 World Cup. Dhoni was expected to play in the T20 World Cup this year, but since it has been postponed, Dhoni’s return to international cricket seems to be very difficult.

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