The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has currently on hold because of the global pandemic novel coronavirus. Earlier it was decided to go on the floor from March 29 but later got suspended until April 15 due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country and now it becomes suspended for an indefinite time period owing to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. However, with the new guidelines of 'Unlock 1.0' sports events could get permission and the BCCI is hopeful to host the tournament this year as well.
The tournament is important for the former India captain MS Dhoni who was about to make his comeback in the action. Dhoni, who last featured in the game last year during the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand where India lost to them, has not been in the circuit since then. However, his performance in the cash-rich league would decide his future of playing in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 which is also become uncertain amid the corona pandemic outbreak across the globe.
However, this just leads to speculations about Dhoni’s retirement as well but Dhoni's teammate at Chennai Super Kings and also in the team India, Suresh Raina, believed, Dhoni was fully prepared for this year's Indian Premier League.
"His preparations were different this time," Suresh Raina said about MS Dhoni’s preparations for this year’s IPL during CSK's camp on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected. "I have played with him over the years with the national side and IPL getting ready but it was different this time, so I just hope the matches can start quickly then everyone can see how well prepared he is and see what I saw myself LIVE in the two months of camp that we had. When someone works hard, then the prayers and blessings find their way to them.”
“The first few days he took it lightly and just focused on going to the gym but he was playing the shots beautifully and his fitness level was great and he was not getting tired. We used to have a gym session from 9:00AM or 9:30AM, a pool session in the afternoon and we would leave by 5PM after coming at 9:00AM or 9:30AM," Raina concluded.
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