IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni was seen in Chennai before his departure to the UAE ahead of the IPL 2021. With the dates of the IPL 2021 Phase 2 out, the franchises have set the ball rolling to set up camps in the UAE ahead of the September 19 start. MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will be the first to leave on 13th August while Punjab Kings will set up camp in the desert country on August 29, both franchises confirmed to InsideSport.
Indian Premier League’s one of the most successful teams, Chennai Super Kings lead by MS Dhoni, have had a great start to the IPL 2021 after a disappointing IPL 2020. Placed 2nd on the points table with five wins from 7 matches, MS Dhoni & Co will look to capitalize on that start.
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IPL 2021 Phase 2: Chennai Super Kings stars Robin Uthappa, Karn Sharma arrive in Chennai; join Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of IPL’s UAE leg – The three-time IPL champions also welcomed veterans Robin Uthappa and Karn Sharma, who arrived in Chennai on Monday. The duo was joined in by youngsters Bhagath Verma and Harsihankar Reddy. The quartet will join Ruturaj Gaikwad, who set off for Chennai on Saturday.
Robin Uthappa was traded in from Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2021 season, while Karn Sharma had already been a part of the squad since the mega auction in 2018. As for Bhagath Verma and Hari Shankar Reddy, they were added to the squad during the IPL 2021 auction.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Punjab Kings to leave on August 29
Punjab Kings are the other franchise who have delayed their plans to set up camp in the UAE. PBKS CEO Satish Menon told InsideSport that the team will leave for the UAE on August 29.
None of the aforementioned players featured in a single game during Phase 1, but with completion for places growing, they will hope to get some opportunities when Phase 2 kicks off on September 19.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Sunrisers Hyderabad is also in the process of finalizing their plans and will begin camp in UAE in the next two weeks as per InsideSport sources.
Earlier, CSK & Delhi Capitals requested BCCI if they can reach UAE 1 month early to prepare & continue their dominance of the 14th edition of the league.