MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Picture Supply: IPL/BCCI)

Whereas the record of admirers of legendary skipper MS Dhoni is lengthy, right here comes one other one in type of CSK throwdown specialist Kondappa Raj Palani. Palani not too long ago opened up on his first assembly with Dhoni within the UAE when the groups had been gearing up for the 13th version of the Indian Premier League. It was in the identical 12 months (2020) when the CSK skipper had introduced his worldwide retirement in August and was gearing up with the Yellow Military.

Palani added that when the camp began, Dhoni had retired and he wanted some follow within the nets for which he (Palani) was referred to as. Palani added everybody within the nets was speaking about Dhoni’s retirement solely and Stephen Fleming and Hussey instructed him to bowl rigorously to the Ranchi hero.

“The primary time, the camp began when Dhoni retired. I noticed him for the primary time then. He requested in case you had been the throwers. He requested me to throw balls at him. The crew was happy after that. The online bowlers had been talking about his retirement. After two or three weeks, he got here to play sidearm. Everyone was arriving,” mentioned Palani whereas talking on the CSK web site.

MS Dhoni requested me to play naturally: CSK throwdown specialist

“Fleming, Hussey, and everybody mentioned Dhoni was coming and requested me to bowl rigorously. The primary two balls had been wides. The following ball was a full toss. Dhoni got here to me and mentioned ‘Cease me and bowl’. He requested me to play naturally. I then began bowling wherever he wished after which he was very blissful. He began addressing me daily since with my identify,” he added.

The 2020 version of the IPL was the primary occasion when CSK did not qualify for playoffs and had a forgetful season. Nonetheless, they roared again in fashion in 2021 to elevate the trophy for the fourth time. However, the present version had the identical story for CSK but once more as they turned the second crew to get eradicated from IPL 2022.