Mahendra Singh Dhoni travels across the world. But being in Chennai is always different for him. The Tamil Nadu Capital is like a second home for the wicketkeeper-batsman, who led Chennai Super Kings for eight consecutive years of its existence in the Indian Premier League. Speculation is rife about his return to CSK as the team is returning to the IPL fold after serving a two-year suspension.
The city is also the headquarters for his employers – India Cements Limited. The South Indian port city special for the cricketing icon as it houses the cricketing icon’s office, who is a vice-president with India Cements.
Dhoni, after team India demolished Australia in the series opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, took some time off from cricket and his team for a customary visit to his “office”. He spent some quality time with the India Cement managing director N Srinivasan, the former BCCI president who also owns Chennai Super Kings.
So, were there any talks about Dhoni’s return to CSK? “Not at all,” says Srinivasan’s close confidante and TNCA secretary Kasi Vishwanathan told insidesport.co. “He came as he is our employee. Rahul Dravid is also our employee. So he also visits the office if he is in the city and has time. How can we discuss CSK when we don’t even know what rules BCCI is going to form.
“CSK will like to have Dhoni back in the squad. But we are waiting for some clarity from the BCCI on player hiring.”
However, the company itself has shared on social media pictures of Dhoni visiting the office where he spent considerable time with senior management and then with other employees at the office cafeteria.
Even as Dhoni has no obligation to visit the office in his capacity as a vice-president, the visit is being termed as official one. What did Srinivasan and Dhoni discuss, only the duo would know.