By: Shubham Ghosh
The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is around the corner and just days before the first delivery was set to be bowled, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was seen doing something unusual.
The legendary cricketer, who will turn 42 this year, enjoyed spray-painting a couple of chairs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu and home ground to the CSK. Chennai manager Russell Radhakrishnan was also around him. The duo took a walk around one of the stands at the venue which will host games during the tournament.
Dhoni, who has played in 234 IPL games since the inaugural edition in 2008, was carrying yellow and blue paint cans and painted a few chairs. The franchise took to its official Twitter page and shared a video of Dhoni with his job which he did flawlessly.
“𝑫𝒆𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒀𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆”
Anbuden Awaiting for April 3🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/eKp2IzGHfm
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 27, 2023
“‘Definitely looking Yellove’ Anbuden Awaiting for April 3,” CSK captioned the post.
Anbuden means “with Love” and also refers to the Chennai venue as “The Den”.
Comments poured in thick and fast as soon as the video was shared and they called Dhoni a man of simplicity.
Dhoni’s team will take on defending champions Gujarat Titans in the inaugural match at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in the western state of Gujarat on Friday (31).
Chennai’s first home match will be against Lucknow Super Giants on Monday (3).
Dhoni has led Chennai to four title wins in the IPL — in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021.