Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni unveiled the team’s new jersey for Indian Premier League 2021 late on Wednesday. The yellow kit has new sponsor in front of the jersey as Myntra became the primary sponsor of the team after deal with Skoda fell through. The new-look jersey features camouflage as a tribute to India’s armed forces and three stars atop the much-loved franchise’s logo.
CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said, “It has been on our mind for some time now to find ways to raise awareness about the significant and selfless role of the armed forces. The camouflage is an appreciation of their service… they are the true heroes.”
Dhoni, who had announced his retirement from international cricket in August 2020, is set to return to competitive cricket after emphatically declaring before CSK’s last IPL 2020 match that the fixture was “definitely not” his last in the yellow jersey. Dhoni didn’t have the best IPL with the bat last season either as he managed only 200 runs from 14 matches at a strike rate of 116.27 with no half-centuries
CSK has been called a Dad’s Army due to ageing players in the squad. While they cut down the average age to 30 in the IPL 2021 auction from 31, with five players over 35 years of age in the squad, the two-time champions will still have some of the oldest players in the league. The franchise will receive a big boost this season with the return of Suresh Raina. The southpaw missed last year’s campaign due to personal reason.
The Chennai based franchise will play their first match in IPL 2021 on April 10 against last year’s runner ups Delhi Capitals in Mumbai. The three-time champions will be looking to improve after a disappointing season last time out. They finished sixth in IPL 2020, a season where they missed out on a playoffs berth for the first time since the inaugural season.