IPL 2021: MS Dhoni needed international players to leave first and to be the ‘last one to leave the hotel’

The CSK captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni reportedly told his teammates that he would wait until all international players have safely returned home before departing for Ranchi

A leader and captain in true sense. Mahendra Singh Dhoni sets an example yet again. The CSK captain reportedly told his teammates that he would wait until all international players have safely returned home before departing for Ranchi.

The Indian Premier League’s 2021 season was postponed earlier this week due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the region. Four franchises have reported positive cases, causing the tournament to be postponed.

Since the announcement, the foreign participants in the league have started to return to their home countries. Although several South African and English players have already returned home, a contingent of Australian and New Zealand players remains in India.

According to an Indian Express report, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni held a virtual meeting with the team’s squad members and told them that he would wait for the foreign players to depart before returning home.

“Mahi bhai said that he will be the last person to leave the hotel,” a CSK player told in an exclusive interview with Indian Express. He added-

He (Dhoni) wanted foreigners to leave first, then the Indian players. He will be taking the last flight tomorrow when everyone reaches their home safe and secure.

CSK arranged charter flights from Delhi for their players. The English were the first to leave, with eight arriving in London, while the Australians are awaiting a flight to the Maldives.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declined to accept an exception, and Cricket Australia has also stated that it would not demand one from the government.

“All Australians are assembling in Delhi and from there they will head to Maldives by a charter flight,” a franchise official told PTI.

CA interim chief Nick Hockley stated that the BCCI is assisting in every way possible to ensure a seamless return for the 14 players, members of the coaching staff, and pundits who are currently in India.

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