MS Dhoni dives: The former Indian captain couldn’t convert his start into an impact-generating innings at the Wankhede Stadium.
During the 12th match of the ongoing 14th season of the Indian Premier League between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became a source of amazement for his plentiful fans by putting on display a desperate dive to make his crease.
It all had happened on the second delivery of the 15th over when Dhoni dabbed a Rahul Tewatia delivery towards the cover region and immediately expressed interest in a single.
With non-striker Ravindra Jadeja refusing a risky run, Dhoni had to return back to his crease in no time primarily due to the cover fielder’s praiseworthy fielding. Dhoni, who initially looked in trouble with respect to a run-out, survived due to a full-length dive made in desperation.
Batting for the second time this season, Dhoni had come out to bat at No. 7 in the 14th over. Having spent four overs in the middle, Dhoni departed after scoring an impact-less 18 (17) comprising of a couple of boundaries.
It was in the 18th over when Dhoni tried to play a big shot against Rajasthan Royals pacer Chetan Sakariya but ended up mis-timing the ball to Jos Buttler at cover.
After Royals captain Samson won the toss and chose to field, Super Kings scored a competitive 188/9 in 20 overs. Been their top-scorer tonight, opening batsman Faf du Plessis had made optimum use of the powerplay by scoring 33 (17) with the help of four fours and two sixes.
With bowling figures of 4-0-36-3, Sakariya was the pick of the Royals’ bowlers and was well accompanied by all-rounder Chris Morris who picked a couple of wickets in his four overs.
MS Dhoni dives to survive run-out appeal vs Rajasthan Royals
— Crictalkd (@Crictalkd) April 19, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
When was the last time you saw Thala Dhoni dive to reach the crease??
I’ve never seen him dive in a veryyy long time😶
— ரௌடி (@Rowdy_3_) April 19, 2021
THIS IS RARE. THIS IS REALLY RARE.
— as|am (@asIam_as) April 19, 2021
— Shri✨ (@shriicuts) April 19, 2021
— Nikhil Prabhas ™ (@Rebelismm) April 19, 2021
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