CSK brings back memories of MS Dhoni's long hair days

CHENNAI: There was a time when true Mahendra Singh Dhoni de Ranchi made his long hair look fashionable, especially after the handsome wicketkeeper hitter hit a 148 of 123 balls against Pakistan in an ODI in Visakhapatnam on a sultry April 2005 afternoon.

Dhoni never looked back from there and in 2007, when asked to lead a young Indian team at the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa, he made history by leading India all the way to lift the crown. With long hair enjoying the newly discovered success, Dhoni held the title high after India beat Pakistan in a nervous final.

Dhoni fans still love to remember his long hair days, and the scenery of the former Indian captain. Indian Premier League Franchise (IPL), Chennai Super Kings , on Thursday he made them take a trip down the path of memories by sharing an old photo where Dhoni is seen with people like Harbhajan Singh , Suresh Raina L. Balaji and Venugopal Rao , all of them dressed in formal wear.

"Men in blue, in various shades of grey before all the #yellove started and this is nothing but GOLD! Circa 2005, Sri Lanka," CSK said in the tweet with the photo on their official handle.

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The seven-match ODI series in Sri Lanka saw Dhoni come of age and top the run-scorers' chart scoring 346 runs at 115.33 with a highest score of 183 not out, which is still his highest in 50-over cricket.

India, led by Rahul Dravid , had won the ODI series 6-1.

Dhoni has led India to the 2011 ODI World Cup triumph on home soil as well as the 2013 Champions Trophy victory, and is regarded as one of the greatest players to have played the game.

The 38-year old has been on a break since India's semi-final exit in the 2019 World Cup and was supposed to return in the IPL which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.