TNPL: Dhoni makes surprise visit to ‘thank’ CSK fans

The Chennai Super Kings captain is in Tirunelveli to "personally come and congratulate the fans."

M. S. Dhoni shakes hands with the Madurai Panthers captain before the toss.   -  R. Ragu

It was a great surprise for the boisterous crowd here when M. S. Dhoni walked on to the ground before Saturday’s Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) match. While Dhoni at a TNPL event is something that has become customary since the league’s inception, it is the first time Dhoni has come outside of Chennai.

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Dhoni called it a special place saying, “It is where India Cements started and I have been with them for a long time so it is a good opportunity to see the company’s first plant.”

Speaking on Chennai Super Kings’ remarkable comeback into the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season, Dhoni said, “It was a big year for us. There were lot of questions about selections and how most of them were over 30. Frankly I didn’t realise that. Everything was a challenge for us but the players took the responsibility and played as a team. Overall, it was the perfect comeback. It couldn't have been better.”

‘Perfect time’

“Also it is the perfect time to personally come and congratulate the fans. CSK has some die-hard fans, especially in this part of the country. So it is a good time to thank them for they have been supporting us even when we were not part of the IPL for two years,” he added.