Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back as the full-time captain of the Chennai Super Kings this season. After having a rather disappointing last season, Dhoni and co. would be looking forward to making this IPL count. However, as Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans lock horns in Ahmedabad today, MS Dhoni will have the opportunity to create a unique record if he takes on the field today.
A special occasion for Dhoni
At 41 years and 267 days, MS Dhoni will become the oldest captain to take the field in the history of the Indian Premier League. Dhoni, who already holds the record of being the oldest captain to lift an IPL trophy, will surpass the legendary Rahul Dravid who led Rajasthan Royals at the age of 40 years and 268 days.
It is interesting to note that Mahendra Singh Dhoni began his career playing under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy. Dravid, known as “The Wall” for his impeccable technique and defensive play, played a crucial role in shaping Dhoni’s early cricketing years. The two developed a great camaraderie on the field, with Dravid spending most of his time in the slip cordon, while Dhoni stood as the keeper.
Will MS play today?
However, there are speculations as to if Dhoni will take the field today against the Gujarat Giants in the season opener today. Dhoni was not 100% fit during Chennai’s practice sessions and was seen limping while batting. However, that Chennai’s CEO Kasi Vishwanathan had he was 100% fit and will definitely play the game against Gujarat Titans.
Whether MS will play or not still remains a mystery. Nonetheless, CSK are not short on wicketkeeping or captaincy options. They have several wicketkeeping backups in the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, and Ambati Rayudu. Ben Stokes or Ravindra Jadeja could the cap team if Dhoni chooses to sit out.