Bengaluru, February 13: Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has taken a sabbatical from all forms of the game since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinal loss to New Zealand, paid a visit to the Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi.
Cricket circles were abuzz with rumours as his visit came with the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, about to start in a month's time.
Dhoni plies his trade with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and with the team owner and former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan confirming that the ex-Indian captain "will be released" by the franchise in the 2021 IPL auctions, speculation is rife about his future.
At Puttaparthi, Dhoni had a darshan of Sri Sathya Sai Baba's samadhi at Sai Kulwant Hall, visited the super-speciality hospital and was shown around the 'hospital sans cash counter' by the staff.
The 38-year-old is also reportedly to have met Dr Muthu Kumar, who is on the panel of external doctors for the Indian cricket team.
Dhoni, who has been left out of BCCI's new central contract list, will lead three-time champions CSK's challenge in the IPL 2020 which is expected to start on March 29
However, there are unconfirmed reports that the start of the IPL may be delayed.
(With inputs from Agencies)