Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians on Friday (August 13) departed to the UAE ahead of the IPL 2021 resumption, which is scheduled to start from September 19.
The two most successful teams in the Indian Premier League, CSK and MI, who are set to clash in the phase 2 opener at the Dubai International Stadium, took to social media to reveal their journey to the UAE.
Chennai Super Kings’ Skipper MS Dhoni Shared A Picture As He Gears Up To Leave For Te UAE
MS Dhoni-led CSK shared a picture of their skipper, who can be seen with his suitcase as he gears up to leave for UAE on the franchise’s social media account with the caption: “Get ready folks!”. The three-time champions, who are headed to Dubai, then posted another tweet with pictures of players that joined MS Dhoni, including the likes of Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa.
The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) can be MS Dhoni’s last one with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) if the charismatic leader of the Yellow Brigade opts to call time on an illustrious T20 career at the age of 40. Under MS Dhoni’s leadership, CSK has secured the 2nd spot in the IPL 2021 after playing seven matches. CSK is only behind table-toppers Delhi Capitals in the current IPL 2021 standings.
Mumbai Indians Will Start Their Campaign In IPL 2021 UAE Leg Against Chennai Super Kings
Earlier on Friday (August 13), Mumbai Indians shared a picture on Twitter in which Talent Scout Vinay Kumar can be seen onboard the flight to Abu Dhabi and also a video which shows off-spinner Jayant Yadav also set for travels.
The Mumbai Indians unit had been training at their ground in Ghansoli, the Reliance Corporate Park and as per reports, the MI domestic players had been training for the last two weeks after undergoing quarantine.
The 14th season of IPL, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and bio bubble breaches, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between CSK and MI.
Led by Rohit Sharma, the defending champions were at the fourth spot on the points table before the tournament got suspended. MI is all set to resume its IPL campaign against CSK on 19th September 2021.
The action will then shift to Abu Dhabi where Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi.