One of the successful India skippers MS Dhoni, who have had been at the forefront for his different teams; be it for the national side in the recent past or domestic league of the cash-rich tournament, as he gears up for his second stint with the Supergiant following his much-awaited preparations for the widely celebrated league.

Dhoni has been the crowd favourite following his exceptional abilities since he emerged into the scene with a hairdo that became his hallmark much-before helicopter shot made it to the list with aplomb.

The 34-year-old Ranchi-born in the latest video for his franchise was seen sweating hard during the practice session before doing photo-ops and meeting his teammates while bursting into laughter.

Earlier, Dhoni was removed as the Supergiant skipper only to announce Australian batting prodigy Steven Smith, as the new captain which didn’t sit well with Dhoni fans at all.

Moreover, the former India captain Dhoni would definitely give his Australian teammate some vital tips as they are gearing up for their first match against Mumbai Indians on April 6 (Thursday) at their home ground Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in Pune.

The Pune Supergiant almost took the wooden spoon to home in their maiden edition of the IPL in 2016 under the tutelage of Dhoni.

Interestingly, Dhoni will be taking the field for the first time in IPL as a non-skipper.

The wicket-keeper batsman had led now defunct Chennai Supper Kings for two IPL titles in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

In the ninth edition, the composed character Dhoni has played 14 matches for Supergiant in which he has scored 284 runs at an average of 40.57.

In overall 143 matches, Dhoni has scored 3271 runs at an average of 39.40, which also includes 16 half-centuries. The explosive batsman has smashed 236 fours and 140 sixes. He has further claimed 27 stumps followed by 66 catches in all nine seasons so far.

 

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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