There is no Chennai Super Kings without MS Dhoni. The former Indian captain enjoys a massive fan base across the country but his love affair with Chennai has been a different one. He has been one of the most successful captains in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) having led CSK to three titles in nine years. He is the only captain along with Rohit Sharma to have won three titles in the world’s best T20 league.
It was an emotional return for Dhoni and CSK in 2018 as they made a comeback to the IPL fold after a gap of two years as the franchise was suspended for alleged involvement in spot-fixing. The Yellow Army completed a stunning comeback lifting the IPL trophy for the third time after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final.
The IPL fever is well and truly on and Chennai Super Kings, one of the sides which commands a wide and perhaps the most exuberant fan base have hit the ground running.
The stands were open for the fans for the first practice session of the team at the M Chidambaram stadium and this was a brilliant move as the crowd helped build a tremendous atmosphere.
The loudest cheers were, however, reserved for their captain MS Dhoni, who walked out to thunderous applause and loud cheers. The captain walked out towards the practice wicket, took guard for his stint and this was enough for the fans to cheer him on.
Dhoni mania has gripped Chennai so much so that a fan managed to run onto the pitch in a bid to meet the India wicketkeeper. Dhoni had a smile on his face as he spotted the oncoming fan and ran around bowling coach L Balaji before greeting him with a handshake.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 17, 2019
In the video available on social media, CSK officials can be seen taking the fan away from Dhoni even as more spectators run onto the ground.
“Now that we’ve got the best reactions, hoping nobody tries this again!” Chennai Super Kings wrote on Twitter after the video of the pitch invader went viral.
What more special are the reactions the video received from the CSK fans. Check out some of them here :
Race between Ms Dhoni ,Msd fan pic.twitter.com/r3pUon8TGK
— Topstar MSD Prabu (@TopstarP) March 17, 2019
— Abhishek.C (@Abhishe29599347) March 18, 2019
Watched this video for 50 times but it feels like to watch again and again🤗
— Arun kumar (@KuralAr94366856) March 17, 2019
— S.N.Piratheepan (@SNPiratheepan1) March 18, 2019
That made my night. …..now will have sweetest dreams ever….wish I’d be lucky enough to meet him someday😍😍😍
— Ajeet (@aj_eat__) March 17, 2019
Yenna manushan ne 😍 Thala love youuuuuuuuuu @msdhoni
— Vijayan (@Vijayan_palani) March 18, 2019
Paavattha antha international fast bowler yennada pannunaan nadula vanthathu kutthama??
— Karma (@ravi15982) March 17, 2019
Bro this video is enough for Ur long time memory….Photo eduthuku…
— gnanashekar (@gnanashekar_13) March 17, 2019
Hahahahahhaah you must put a wax statue of Dhoni in the stadium so people can take clicks with n Iam serious 😂
— Dr.Nandita Pokhriyal Aswin (@Drnpokhriyal) March 17, 2019
I wish I can break the barricade and reach him once and he don’t escape 😭
— 🍁RV 🍁 (@Fictionally_RV) March 17, 2019
அந்த குழந்தை மாதிரி இருக்குற சிரிப்ப பாருங்கயா அடா அடா
— Prabhu. (@6XR_PRABHU) March 17, 2019
This man had a spectacular attraction from fans!..
— தலைவர் வெறியன் (@EngNaren41) March 17, 2019
Chennai roped in Mohit Sharma and Ruturaj Gaykwad in the player auction to further strengthen their already balanced squad. Meanwhile, Mitchell Santher, who missed last season due to injury was inducted back and is likely to be available for the upcoming season. Dhoni, who had a magnificent IPL 2018, will look to replicate his heroics with the bat yet again this season.