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MS Dhoni Nearly Slipped to Mumbai Indians (MI) in IPL Auction 2008

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It was the first season of IPL and India’s famous cricketers were asked to represent as icons for their home franchises.

From the dawn of the Indian Premier League, MS Dhoni has been the most valuable and essential player for the Chennai Super Kings team. There is a huge crowd to watch matches just for our ‘Thala Dhoni’ and it would be a total nightmare for CSK fans to watch Dhoni in any other color other than yellow.

The ‘Captain Cool’ represents the Chennai franchise paving the way to win the IPL trophy thrice (in 2010, 2011, and 2018) and leading the CSK team in holding a significant record of most appearances in playoffs and finals in IPL. With his calmness, insane wicket keeping skills, leadership quality, and most important finishing off in style, Dhoni always strives to drive the CSK team to victory.

The Rising Pune Supergiants took Dhoni into their team during CSK’s absence from the league. However, during the auction of IPL 2018, Dhoni was the first player to be retained back to CSK. Although Dhoni is an inextricable strength of CSK, most of fans would be shocked to know that he almost slipped to the Mumbai Indians team during auction. Thanks to the special rule which totally helped to reunite Dhoni with CSK squad.

Due to the special rule that was enforced during the first season of IPL, famous Indian cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Virender Sehwag were set as part of their home franchise teams like Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils respectively.

Dhoni was one of the most desirable players during the first season of IPL.

It was during that time he was at his peaks after the inaugural of T20 World Cup in South Africa. Unfortunately, Jharkhand didn’t have any IPL teams for Dhoni to represent. He was in demand by most of the teams in IPL Auction of 2008 and MI desperately wanted to take him.

There was a massive signing fee for Sachin Tendulkar (USD 1.65 million) by the MI during the 2008 IPL auction. Every IPL team had a wallet of USD 5 million and since most of it was already spent on signing for the master blaster, MI was left bankrupt to sign Mahi.

Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, were waiting desperately for a star player to drive CSK. This team decided to sign Dhoni and the rest is history.

With his announcement about retirement with team India, fans all over the globe are awaiting to watch Dhoni play for CSK in UAE. Dhoni’s IPL career is outstanding with a total runs of 4432 in 190 matches and an average of 42.20.

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