It will be a grand homecoming for Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he steps on to the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday (September 17).
It will be a special Sunday for cricket fans in Chennai as India face Australia in the opening One Day International at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The special factor surrounds one man at Chepauk. It is none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Over the years, the game’s supporters in Chennai have established a special bond with 36-year-old Dhoni and the wicketkeeper-batsman too has acknowledged.
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The bond began with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and him being the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
For the past two years, fans in Chennai have been denied an opportunity to cheer their favourite team and Dhoni.
Due to corruption, CSK was suspended for two years (2016 and 2017). They will return to IPL next year. Rajasthan Royals (RR) too was banned for the same reason for the same amount of time.
In July this year, when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that CSK and RR would return to IPL from next year, Dhoni celebrated by posting a picture of himself in his CSK number seven jersey.