Watching Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the season openers has been a habit but team's below par performance in the IPL 2020 snatched that opportunity from the fans.
However, the 2nd match of the 14th edition will see the 'Yellow Army' clash against Delhi Capitals in a match which has been anticipated for long because of more than one reason.
The first and foremost reason has to be the 'return of the lion' MS Dhoni and the second because Rishabh Pant, a 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who is filling the shoes of the former India captain after his international retirement, is up against his perpetual mentor.
"I am very excited that I'll be captaining for the first time and the first game will be against Mahi bhai.
"It'll be a good experience as I've learnt a lot from him and I have a lot of experience from my life too, so we'll try to mix that up and to do something new and different with CSK this year," Pant had told earlier.
Seems like MS Dhoni has not taken Pant's word lightly. In a video posted by CSK, the legendary cricketer can be seen upping his game and hitting some gigantic sixes in the build to the clash against Capitals.
Two straight sixes to start with and then several maximums over mid-wicket while after getting down on one of his knees. The sound of ball hitting the bat is well enough to give a proof of MS Dhoni's power behind the shots.April 10, 2021
Can CSK bounce back in IPL 2021?
In a forgettable IPL 2020 campaign CSK finished 7th out of 8 times. Team's captain MS Dhoni also struggled throughout the competition and could manage to score only 200 runs in 14 matches.
CSK were missing the services of their deputy Suresh Raina and experienced spinner Harbhajan Singh, both opting out due to personal reasons.
However, Suresh Raina is back for the 2021 season, Harbhajan Singh was released but Moeen Ali has joined the squad. Robin Uthappa was traded to the 3-time champions ahead of the mini-auction.
The Chennai-based franchise has tried to work out on their flaws and in their first match they will definitely look to connect the dots which were missing last year.