Finally, IPL Returns To Chennai
Sahil D Jain , 10th Apr, 2018 , 200
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It has been exactly 1065 days since one of the most celebrated IPL teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) played an IPL game at the Chepauk. They last played a game in Chennai on May 10, 2015.
Hence, it has been one of the longest waits for the people of Chennai.
When Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is claimed as Chennai’s boy as much as Ranchi’s came to the city for the opening of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), the stands of the Chepauk were jam-packed. It was just to watch their Thala (which means the King or the Head) who has won the hearts of the entire world but more so, the hearts and minds of the people in Chennai.
“What's important is we go through everything with a smile on your face. What's next is what is important for us. We're back! We're back!” These were the words an emotional Dhoni had said in a promotional event. He was one who was not only excited but also proud to be back at CSK.
MS Dhoni joined the pre-season camp in the last week of March and almost every day, there were fans lining up to watch their team (CSK) practice. In fact, for a couple of days, when there were practice games, a strong 15,000-crowd was at the Chepauk to watch the CSK players warm up for the biggest T20 league.
And when CSK began their campaign against Mumbai Indians on Saturday (April 7), it seemed like they were the home team even though they were playing at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. And after Dwayne Bravo’s heroics took CSK to an unbelievable and a thrilling win, CSK was officially back at doing what they do the best and that is win games from unlikely positions.
“I think they missed the competition (on Wankhede fans cheering CSK). CSK-MI is one game that people wait to watch. Support has always been there wherever we've played. We're coming back after two years, that's also the reason that people are eager to watch us in action,” Dhoni had said after the first game.
With the team returning to Chennai for their next encounter, the build-up was massive. And when the day finally arrived, not even protests from pro-Tamil groups stopped the fans from painting the Chepauk and the city of Chennai with a sea of yellow. And when Dhoni stepped out for his usual pre-game warm-ups, a big cheer from the crowd which was still filling up greeted the former Indian captain.
The roar became louder when the fans’ Thala aka MS Dhoni was at the toss. The people of Chennai finally got to see their King and his team at the Chepauk not practising or warming up but playing an IPL game after 1095 long days. Welcome back CSK!
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