MS Dhoni surprised one and all when he walked in ahead of Ravindra Jadeja, who has the best death overs strike-rate in IPL 2021, and Dwayne Bravo with Chennai Super Kings needing 24 to win off 11 balls against Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Outstanding as a death overs batter at one time, MS Dhoni had looked out of sorts in the middle quite often in the last two seasons, barely able to find his old groove. All that changed on Sunday night as he walked out – promoting himself yet again, yes that’s right – confidently and dispatched Avesh Khan for a six.
Even as social media outraged at Dhoni pushing himself up the order, when he has appeared clearly past his prime the entire season, Dhoni went about doing what he knows best – winning matches in the death.
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With 13 needed off the last over, CSK lost Moeen Ali off the first ball, but MS Dhoni wasn’t done. He smashed Tom Curran for a four off the very next ball and then managed to get an inside edge for another four next ball.
With four to win off three balls, Dhoni sealed the game with a pull for four as social media went into a frenzy!
Anddddd the king is back ❤️the greatest finisher ever in the game. Made me jump Outta my seat once again tonight.@msdhoni
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 10, 2021
You absolute legend MSD @ChennaiIPL 👍
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) October 10, 2021
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) October 10, 2021
Poor cricket from Delhi, deserved to lose this game.
Come on man, who bowls Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, even though he is well past his prime?
— Chiggy Viggy (@IdlySambhar) October 10, 2021
— Arjun Menon (@ArjunMenon88) October 10, 2021
This is why I can never, never bet against MS Dhoni.
Have seen this way too many times.
A mental monster unlike no other 🔥
— Rupin Kale (@Vegansportlover) October 10, 2021
Thalaaaa 🙇 #CSKvsDC
— Ashish Pant (@ashishpant43) October 10, 2021
“Never bet against him. Never ever, ever in life.”
— Ian Bishop after MS Dhoni finished off yet another game. pic.twitter.com/zKtZl4izdo
— Ashish Magotra (@clutchplay) October 10, 2021
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) October 10, 2021
Got to give it to Dhoni. Nailed every single boundary off the middle.
— Venkat (@__veebee31) October 10, 2021
And Dhoni finishes it off…in style after so long! Loved it! #Csk
— Angikaar Choudhury (@AngikaarC) October 10, 2021
CSK are one incredible franchise.
3rd final in 4 seasons after the comeback. Won the 1st one, lost the 2nd one just by 1 run. Absolute favourites to win on 3rd one on Friday.
— Narbavi (@Narbavi) October 10, 2021