MS Dhoni is the unrivalled king of Chennai and if anyone had any doubts, they would have been wiped out after one look at the video posted by Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) official Twitter handle. 'Thala' -- the name given to Dhoni by CSK fans -- walked out with a bat in hand for a training session at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and what transpired next got the entire cricketing world talking. Fans filled up the Chepauk stands, trying to get a glimpse of their favourite stars ahead of IPL 2019.
As soon as Dhoni walked out, a huge cheer went around the stadium, followed by chants of "Dhoni, Dhoni".
Even the former Indian captain had a look around the stadium and seemed a bit surprised by the sheer number of people who came to witness an intra-squad practice match.
Here is the video that everyone is talking about:
Former cricketers, journalists and fans on Twitter were left astounded by the hero's welcome given to Dhoni. Ex-stars like Scott Styris and Albie Morkel tweeted their disbelief.
Imagine rocking up to your training session like this.. https://t.co/Bg0uVWw0Hs— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) March 18, 2019
Dhoni is bigger than the Beatles. Sound on. Intense. https://t.co/vODWIlArS9— Peter Lalor (@plalor) March 17, 2019
There's something about the video. Can imagine someone watching it many years later and being blown away by the adulation. And then realizing he is walking in for a practice session. Pah. This is fandom. This is Dhoni https://t.co/PZDcexFsK0— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) March 17, 2019
One Man Show— Rajesh Padikkathavan (@RajeshDfan) March 17, 2019
Itna crowd to PSL ke final mai nahi hota— Chowkidar Yash Talati (@yashtalati27) March 17, 2019
I think if dhoni will fight election from Chennai... He will win the record majority— Rahul Gupta (@rkgjnvcs) March 17, 2019
I am from the same area where Dhoni resided in Ranchi. But still u guys have defeated us in terms of love towards him.—(@ayushraj2500) March 18, 2019
That's the power of lion...— Akilan Zafridz (@AZafridz) March 17, 2019
Another CSK star Suresh Raina received a thunderous welcome from the fans as he too took the field for the training session.
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