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PHOTOS: Dhoni-Srinivasan reunite as CSK gear up for IPL

Last updated on: March 24, 2018 12:51 IST

IMAGE: CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, right, with former BCCI president Narayanswami Srinivasan. Photograph: PTI

The once formidable on and off-the field cricketer-administrator pair of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Narayanswami Srinivasan were seen having an interaction at M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai during the second day of Chennai Super Kings' training session for the upcoming 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, starting next month.

Till four years back, Dhoni as the national captain across formats and Srinivasan as the powerful BCCI president ruled Indian cricket.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni during a training session. Photograph: PTI

Watching Dhoni and Srinivasan interact was like a throwback to the earlier days with CSK making a comeback to the IPL after serving a two-year suspension.

With most of the players touching base, it was a full-fledged training session under the watchful eyes of assistant coach Mike Hussey and bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji.

Chennai Super Kings

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, centre, with his CSK team-mates. Photograph: PTI

Skipper Dhoni, who had a hit on Thursday, was joined by Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu among others.

Vijay, who expressed happiness to be back with CSK, spent time against the mix of local bowlers and the franchise's recruits.

Former India player Lakshmipathy Balaji, the bowling coach, was seen interacting with the team members.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni during a training session in Chennai. Photograph: PTI

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh too has landed in the city. He was picked up by CSK at the IPL auctions for Rs 2 crore.

Harbhajan took to the social media to announce his new jersey number.

IMAGE: CSK's Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja during a promotional event in Chennai. Photograph: CSK/Twitter

He wrote on Twitter: "27.. yes a very special number for me ! new number new journey .. let the party begin! #whistlepodu."

He, however, was not present at the training session.

The head coach, former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming will join the squad on March 27, informed team CEO Kashi Viswanathan.

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