MS Dhoni returned to Ranchi earlier this week after Chennai Super Kings suspended their training sessions in Chennai in the wake of the outbreak of novel coronavirus.
It remains to be seen if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be able to host Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 from April 15, given the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the country. The upcoming edition of the cash-rich T20 league was suspended until April 15 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
As it turns out, MS Dhoni is keeping himself busy and his competitive juices flowing by playing some badminton with friends.
MS Dhoni was spotted playing doubles in Ranchi days after he returned from Chennai. The World Cup-winning India wicketkeeper certainly has good badminton skills, considering his net play in the short clip.
Dhoni's wife Sakshi shared a video on her Instagram story where he can be seen massaging and adoring his dog sitting on the couch at his residence in Ranchi.
IPL 2020 is being seen as a crucial tournament for MS Dhoni who has not played international cricket since India's 2019 World Cup exit. Dhoni had reached Chennai on March 2 and was involved in quite a few training sessions with CSK. Dhoni was seen hitting some big sixes and having interactions with youngsters in the team.
While he has remained tight-lipped about his future in international cricket, the team management and the selectors have made it clear that a good IPL performance can only bring him back to the senior team.
“He will be back in the reckoning only if he has a good IPL. And why only him? There are so many senior and young players who will play in the IPL. If they do well, they ought to be considered too. So, you could see some surprise inclusions,” a senior BCCI source had told the Press Trust of India after Sunil Joshi took over from MSK Prasad as the chairman of selectors.