Watch: MS Dhoni walks out to thunderous applause, loud cheers during Chennai's practice session

WION Web Team Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Mar 18, 2019, 10.52 AM(IST)

A file photo of MS Dhoni. Photograph:( Twitter )

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According to the franchise' website, as many as 12000 people had come to witness the practice session. 

The Indian Premier League will commence on March 23 but the frenzy has already started in Chennai's MA Chidambaram stadium. The home of the defending champions Chennai saw a packed stadium just for a practice session. 

The stands were open for the fans who welcomed Chennai's players, especially captain MS Dhoni, with thunderous applause and loud cheers. 

According to the franchise' website, as many as 12000 people had come to witness the practice session. 

Meanwhile, the first game of the tournament will see Dhoni's men take on Virat Kohli-led Bangalore in Chennai.

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Last year, the venue saw only one match as the side was forced to shift their home games to Pune following political protests. 

Despite that, Chennai went on to win the tournament defeating Kane Williamson's Hyderabad in the final at Wankhede stadium.