Chennai Super Kings was one of the teams to conduct conditioning camp for the players. The players had a camp for five days in Chennai before leaving for the UAE. Talking about the session, CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan said that it was Dhoni who insisted on the camp.
“When we announced the tournament is going to happen, I had reservations about conducting the camp here because the bio-bubble had to be created. In fact, I sent a message to him (asking) whether it will be worthwhile having a camp for 5 days before going to Dubai. But the captain was crystal clear in his thoughts,” Viswanathan said in a YouTube video for CSK.
“He (Dhoni) said ‘sir, we have not played for nearly 4-5 months. All of us need to get together in Chennai. We should be in a bio-bubble in Chennai so that we get used to that when we land in Dubai’.
“And also it helped in the boys getting in shape. This camp, though we had some reservations, has really helped. I am very happy we were able to host the camp.” Viswanathan added.
Dhoni was one of the very few players to begin training for the IPL. He was in Chennai for a brief time and began his practice in the month of March. However, due to coronavirus pandemic, the former Indian captain returned to his native.
Now, the team is in UAE and will begin their practice soon.
IPL will start from September 19th and will go on till November 10th.