Mumbai: Virender Sehwag expects this year's IPL to be "extra special" and a major reason for that is Mahendra Singh Dhoni getting back on the pitch after announcing his international retirement following a year-long sabbatical from the game.
The IPL will get underway from 19 September in the UAE, moved out of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I think this tournament will be extra special for everyone – the players as well as the audience...watching Dhoni back on the pitch is sure to be a delight. There's so much in store, need I say more?" Sehwag, who will be co-hosting a show 'Power Play with Champions' on Flipkart Video, said.
Dhoni, who surprised everyone with his decision to call it quits from international cricket in mid-August, will be back in action when he leads the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
CSK will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the lung-opener of the league in Abu Dhabi on September 19.
Sehwag said cricket is an integral part of an Indian's life and the fans have waited long for the sport to return.
"I've spent a lot of my time during the lockdown watching old matches, analyzing them, including my own innings. Cricket forms an important part of our DNA as Indians and we've waited with bated breath for it to return" he said.
Sehwag's new action-packed show on Flipkart video will bring together the the former India opener's expertise and host Samir Kochhar’s repartee, as they discuss India’s favourite cricket series, while providing audiences a chance to use their cricketing knowledge to predict different aspects of the match and win many prizes.
As hosts, the duo will engage in fun banter, narrate interesting incidents and share exciting cricket trivia, through the innovative format of the show.
Power Play with Champions by Flipkart Video launches on the Flipkart app on Friday, 18th September.
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While it was always on the cards, Dhoni on Tuesday for the first time dropped elaborate hints that he will be seen playing next season as CSK is et to go through a big transition phase post mega auction.
Speaking after the toss for CSK's IPL game against Punjab Kings, the 40-year-old was asked about whether he would be staying with the franchise which is synonymous with him since the IPL's inception.