Cricket news: As the IPL 2021 season prepares to begin on September 19, all eyes will be on Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, who will face off in the first match of the UAE leg. The tournament’s top two teams, whose match-up is commonly referred to as the IPL’s El Clasico, always provide some of the most exciting matches, and it is likely to be no different this time around.
MI and CSK were the first two teams to arrive in the United Arab Emirates and begin their preparations for the rest of the season. The captains of both teams, on the other hand, have had very different last few weeks. On the one hand, Rohit Sharma had been playing Test cricket for India in England, and he appeared to be in fantastic form. Meanwhile, his rival MS Dhoni has been putting in a lot of practice time at the nets, and it appears to be paying off for the CSK captain.
MSD appears to be in good shape ahead of the revival of the IPL in 2021
The 40-year-old appears to be in excellent form in new footage released by the brand, as he can be seen playing some spectacular shots all over the park. Dhoni also performs his renowned ‘helicopter shot,’ in which he beautifully leverages his wrists to smash a yorker down the square leg zone for a boundary.
While the shot itself was impressive, it was Eric Simmons’ reaction that made the occasion even more intriguing, as he signalled the limit with pauses, much like Kiwi umpire Billy Bowden used to do at times.
Other great shots from MSD are shown in the video, and Simmons can be seen enjoying the action from the best seat in the house.
Watch the video here:
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Will Thala be able to redeem himself in the second half of the season?
After being out of the game for so long, MS Dhoni had a difficult time finding his rhythm in the first half of the season. Only 37 runs were scored by the CSK captain in seven matches, and he appeared to be having trouble with his timing. Fans will be hoping for a turnaround in MSD’s fortunes as the Yellow Army tries to win their fourth IPL crown this year, with him receiving some much-needed preparation ahead of the second half of the season.
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