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Dhoni deserves whistlepodu for how he celebrated CSK's return to IPL

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MS Dhoni making a statement in style
MS Dhoni making a statement in style 

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the most successful franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) have made a re-entry into the cash-rich Twenty20 cricket league after serving a two-year ban imposed on them for betting. 

“The two franchises have completed the two-year suspension imposed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court appointed Justice R.M. Lodha Committee and will now participate in the IPL,” the BCCI said in a statement.

Following the ban imposed on them in 2015, the two teams did not play in the IPL tournaments in 2016 and 2017. Their places were taken by Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions.

Dhoni celebrated the good news by taking to social media and posting a photograph of him in a yellow jersey. Dhoni’s celebration of the return of his ‘prodigal team’ in his ‘Mahi way’ got CKS fans to do the ‘whistle podu’. Mahi took to social media to post a photo of himself wearing a CSK jersey, sporting his jersey number ‘7’ and the Tamil word ‘Thala’ (which means ‘leader’) written under it.  

Dhoni hasn’t had the best of times away from Chennai. He was with Pune the last two year, but was dropped as Rising Pune Supergiant skipper for this year’s edition. He was also criticised by owner Sanjiv Goenka’s brother Harsh, which forced his wife Sakshi to stand up for her hubby and deliver a power-packed response.

CSK lifted two IPL trophies under Dhoni’s leadership — in 2010 and 2011 — and were runners-up on four occasions — in 2008, 2012, 2013 and in 2015. They also won the Champions League T20 title twice — in 2010 and 2014 — with Dhoni at the helm.

Dhoni is loved in Chennai and as soon as the news broke of CSK being back in the IPL fold fans were clamouring for him to be back as the team’s skipper from next year.

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