IPL 2020: The MS Dhoni text message that convinced CSK to conduct training camp in Chennai
The Super Kings are likely to start their outdoor training camp in the UAE from August 28.
Updated - Aug 28, 2020 1:52 pm
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Prior to that, the CSK players also attended a five-day training camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium after the Chennai government gave permission. However, the camp wouldn’t have been possible had their skipper MS Dhoni not stepped in.
CSK Chief Executive Kasi Viswanathan stated that a talk with Dhoni convinced him to arrange the camp. The CEO had his own reservations, but Dhoni highlighted the importance of getting together before heading to the UAE for the T20 mega event.
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“When we announced the tournament is going to happen,” Viswanathan was quoted as saying on CSK’s official website.
“I had reservations about conducting the camp here because the bio-bubble had to be created. In fact, I sent a message to him [Dhoni] whether it will be worthwhile having a camp for five days before going to Dubai. But the captain was crystal clear in his thoughts.
“He said, ‘Sir, we have not played for nearly 4-5 months. All of us need to get together in Chennai. We should be in a bio-bubble in Chennai so that we get used to that when we land in Dubai’,” he stated.
“And also, it helped in the boys getting in shape. This camp, though we had some reservations, has really helped. I am very happy we were able to host the camp.”
Earlier even Ambati Rayudu and Deepak Chahar pointed out how crucial the camp can be going into the 53-day tournament. After their camp ended, the Super Kings left for the UAE and are expected to resume training on Friday, August 28.
As far as Dhoni is concerned, he would be making his comeback to competitive cricket after a gap of more than 14 months. On Saturday, August 15, the now 39-year-old bid goodbye to international cricket with a post on Instagram where he gave a glimpse into his journey.