Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Tuesday (February 20) reminded the cricket fans of the historic day when they signed MS Dhoni as their skipper for the inaugural IPL back in 2008.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, CSK posted an image of Dhoni with ‘BIRTH OF THALA’ written on it in bold.
“20 Feb 2008, the day the King of the Pride arrived. #WhistlePodu,“ the caption of the image read.
It is worth mentioning here that the very first IPL auction was conducted on 20 February 2008 with Dhoni winning the highest bid of US$1.5 million. Chennai Super Kings were the runners-up of the inaugural IPL as they had lost the final to Rajasthan Royals.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, Chennai Super Kings have won two IPL titles (in 2010 and 2011) besides boasting the best win percentage among all teams. After the suspension of CSK for two years, the Jharkhand man was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for 1.9 Million USD in 2016, and was named captain.
It is pertinent to mention here Chennai Super Kings will make a return to the cash-rich Indian Premier League season 2018 after completing the two-year termination. Chennai Super Kings along with Rajasthan Royals were barred from the IPL for the past two editions because of corruption and fixing allegations against their respective owners.
In January 2018, IPL retention was held in Bangalore wherein CSK had retained the services of three of their marquee players MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.