Image Source: Twitter/ MS Dhoni new jersey for IPL 2024
The legendary 'Thala', Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will make his highly anticipated return to the Indian Premier League in 2024, delighting fans of the Chennai Super Kings. The iconic captain, who etched his name in history by leading India to a 2011 World Cup victory, is not ready to hang up his jersey just yet.
The launch event, which took place at the iconic Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai, witnessed a fusion of excitement and glamour as fans gathered to witness the much-awaited revelation.
The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the revelation of the backside of the jersey, adorned with the iconic number 7, symbolizing the legendary cricketer MS Dhoni's enduring legacy. As the cameras flashed and social media feeds buzzed with excitement, the sight of Dhoni's revered number sent waves of nostalgia and anticipation among cricket enthusiasts worldwide.
Adding to the spectacle, CSK announced a groundbreaking partnership with Gulf carrier Etihad Airways, marking a significant milestone in the franchise's journey. The collaboration unveiled amidst much fanfare, solidifies Etihad's position as the official sponsor of the illustrious team.
With the Etihad logo proudly displayed on the players' jerseys, the partnership promises to extend beyond mere branding, encompassing a spectrum of collaborative endeavors across various platforms.
Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar also expressed his unwavering confidence in the CSK ability to once again storm into the playoffs of the IPL 2024.
"If you see the purchases they did at the auction table, the aspects they had to strengthen, it seemed like they lacked a little in bowling last year and in batting also they had to strengthen the middle order slightly after Ambati Rayudu's retirement, they have done all that. They have a good mix of youth and experience," Gavaskar said on Star Sports.
"So, I feel CSK will come in the top four as always. You cannot say any team 'definitely yes' as favorites. However, the way the Chennai Super Kings have performed for so many years, they have qualified in 12 of the 16 editions. So it's likely to happen for the 13th time," the former India captain added.