It has been a fairly long wait, but the city of Ranchi will finally get to see its pride and joy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in action for Chennai Super Kings at JSCA International Stadium on Sunday (September 22), when Chennai on Titans in the second match of a Champions League Twenty20 2013 double-header.
As big an evening as it for Ranchi, there have been signs of the one thing that could spoil everything - rain. On Saturday, Chennai were forced to restrict their training to the gym indoors before the showers relented and the players stepped out. Dhoni then went through a long session in the nets, attempting to work off any rustiness after a two-month break. He practiced a wide array of powerful hits, launching as many as he could into the stands, and seemed to enjoy the feel of bat on ball.
Dhoni, refreshed and energised, will once again be instrumental for Chennai as they look to start on a high. Chennai and the rest of the Indian Premier League teams will be dismantled and rebuilt at the 2014 IPL auctions, and for a group that has dominated club-level Twenty20 in India, the CLT20 represents a chance at a final hurrah.