The Chennai Super Kings outfit has had a couple of brilliant games to start their campaign as they came from behind to beat defending champions Mumbai Indians before turning the heat of Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chepauk Stadium. And the bonhomie is clearly evident as coach Stephen Fleming and batsman Faf du Plessis turned chef for the team. Interestingly, du Plessis decided to give the t-shirt a miss in the video clicked by teammate Harbhajan Singh.
Taking to Twitter, Harbhajan posted the video which read: “New 👨🍳 chef @faf1307 @SPFleming7 #Newzealandlampchops thanks flem 🙏👍 Great food Great company Great bonding 👍✅👌 #whitslepodu @ChennaiIPL”
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 11, 2018
Having only just returned to the IPL after a two year ban, Chennai Super Kings have been forced to move their home games from the preferred MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk to Pune due to the Cauvery water dispute. Expectedly, the fans are not happy about this, and neither is the Chennai Super Kings team.
Many of the CSK family took to social media to express their disappointment on this matter. Indian batsman Suresh Raina tweeted, “Will miss playing on our home ground and entertaining our #Chennai fans this season…You are always in our hearts. On to #Pune now!”
Will miss playing on our home ground and entertaining our #Chennai fans this season…You are always in our hearts.
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 12, 2018
Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson who has also played for the Rajasthan Royals, was appreciative of the atmosphere in the first game of the IPL. “Very sad for our team CSK and the fans here in Chennai that we won’t be playing anymore games here this season. The atmosphere last game was incredible,” he said. “Let’s hope this situation in Tamil Nadu is sorted out asap,” he added.
Very sad for our team @ChennaiIPL and the fans here in Chennai that we won’t be playing anymore games here this season. The atmosphere last game was incredible. Let’s hope this situation in Tamil Nadu is sorted out asap. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) April 12, 2018
Extremely sad to leave chennai.All I got here is warm welcome and unconditional love.Hopefully everything will be good when we come back here next year.Pls keep supporting us.yendrendrum anbudan ungal udanpirava sagotharan ❤️ #vettaikku ready a ?
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) April 12, 2018
Very sad that we have to play our remaining home games away from Chennai. Feeling for the players and the fans but also hoping for a peaceful and swift resolution to the current problems. Thanks for the incredible support of all the Csk fans
— Mike Hussey (@mhussey393) April 12, 2018
Sad to be leaving Chennai today. Great to be back and again experience the love and passion the Tamil Nadu fans have for cricket and CSK. I trust a ‘peaceful’ resolution is found soon for the problems at hand. Thanks to everyone for making the team so welcome.
— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) April 11, 2018
The likes of Imran Tahir, Michael Hussey and Stephen Fleming also took to Twitter to make their opinions known.
Earlier, the BCCI and the IPL Governing Council after discussing with the Committee of Administrators decided to shift the Chennai Super Kings’ home matches to Pune following a meeting with the Chennai Police A K Viswanathan and CSK Chief Executive Officer Kasi Viswanathan
CSK are currently on top of the IPL table after winning their first two IPL matches against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.