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Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni has been an inspiration for many in India including celebrities and other sports legends. Recently, India's legendary tennis player Leander Paes revealed that the ODI World Cup 2011 and 2007 T20 World Cup-winning Indian captain MS Dhoni is his favourite player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and related it to his name.

After winning the IPL 2023 and levelling Mumbai Indians as the most successful IPL teams with five titles each, the 42-year-old Dhoni will be leading the defending champions, CSK, in the upcoming season.

In an Instagram Q&A session, a fan asked Leander Paes to name his favourite player in IPL. The 50-year-old tennis legend shared a picture of himself with MS Dhoni from their 2019 charity football match training on his Instagram story and wrote, "There is a reason I have 7 letters in my name."

In October 2019, former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and tennis legend Leander Paes participated in a session of football together in Mumbai, wearing 'Playing for Humanity' jerseys ahead of a charity football match.

The IPL 2024 is just a day away with defending champions CSK scheduled to host Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on March 22. Ahead of the tournament opener on Friday,  Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, music maestro AR Rahman, and veteran singer Sonu Nigam, among others will  perform at the opening ceremony .