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Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has expressed surprise atMS Dhoni’s new training regime in the UAE ahead of the IPL. Those who are aware of Dhoni’s training pattern know that the former India captain never practices wicketkeeping in the nets, but has made an exception this time around. Chennai Super Kings on Monday shared a video where Dhoni was seen keeping wickets as part of his training drill and the reason behind it, Pathan reckons, could be due to his absence from cricket in over a year.
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“We have seen a new visual where we have seen MS Dhoni keeping the wickets. This never happens, this is something new for me because I have played cricket for so many years with him, whether it is for the Indian team or in the league with CSK, I have never seen him keeping wickets,” Pathan told Star Sports.
“So this is because he has not played cricket for a long time. I guess there was some leg-spinner bowling, so he may be trying to check the new bowlers but it is good to see that he is doing keeping during practice.”
Dhoni last played any form of cricket in July of last year – the semifinal of the World Cup against New Zealand which ended in a heartbreak for Virat Kohli’s India. He announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15 but Dhoni is keen to get back playing for CSK, a side he has moulded into one of the best IPL teams of all time. CSK will be