MS Dhoni, who contributed the Chennai Super Kings to 3 wins and five runner-up finishes

MS Dhoni, who contributed the Chennai Super Kings to 3 wins and five runner-up finishes in the 12 IPL tournaments, will compete in Saturday's opening match of IPL 2020 against the Mumbai Indians, the reigning heroes. The match falls more than a year after India's previous 39-year-old semi-final defeat to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup.

He will be the soul of the Indian Premier League (IPL) action even though retired from overseas obligation. He has been instrumental in empowering IPL players & will persist to be an influential figure.

After much anticipation, the batsman officially declared the termination of his 16-year international journey last month. And without the burden of trying to compete well to secure his spot on the national club, the eccentric Dhoni is likely to excel in the UAE, the IPL's shelter just for 2020 as India tackles the raging coronavirus outbreak.

Dhoni's captaincy commenced with India claiming the 2007 debut T20 World Cup trophy, a triumph that spawned the launch of the IPL — the most prominent and wealthiest cricket league in the world in 2008.

“Dhoni played an instrumental role in kick-starting the IPL because of the way he brought a different dimension to the shorter format of the game because of his aggressive side with the willow,” Karim told.

Chennai CEO Kasi Viswanathan states Dhoni is incredibly important to the team's strategies and they want him to continue competing until the 2022 version. The team is under pressure with 2 players tested positive for the COVID-19 upon arriving in the UAE last month.

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