Mumbai: Amid thunderous ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ chants on the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, in walked Chennai Super Kings’ greatest celebrity MS Dhoni. There was totally different confidence in the best way Dhoni made his means into the centre with solely 10 balls remaining within the CSK innings towards Lucknow Tremendous Giants in IPL 2022.
The stroll had similarities with the best way Dhoni used to storm his means into the crease throughout his heydays. Seconds later, the legendary cricketer proved that not solely the stroll but in addition the batting had shades of his previous. Dhoni obtained off the mark with a first-ball six on Thursday for the primary time in his IPL profession.
He had performed it twice in worldwide cricket – as soon as towards England after which towards New Zealand in 2017 however by no means in his 15-year-long IPL profession had Dhoni smashed his first ball for a most, till thirty first March 2022.
Watch: MS Dhoni’s first-ball six vs Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022
A first ball six from Dhoni is enough to make your day. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is turning the clock back in this year's IPL.
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Avesh Khan had just dismissed the rampaging Shivam Dube one short of a well-deserved half-century but the tall right-arm seamer made an error by not only banging it in short but also giving him width.
Dhoni used those strong wrists of his to just guided it over cover point for a six. Despite the not so big boundaries of the Brabourne stadium, it still would be considered as a big hit as it landed a few rows back in the stands.
Dhoni’s next showing was a boundary through the vacant third man region and although he failed to score off the final two balls of the penultimate over, he managed to finish off well with another boundary in the final ball of the CSK innings.
With the boundary, Dhoni also became the first Indian designated wicketkeeper-batter to reach 7000 T20 runs. Overall, he was only the sixth Indian batter after Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, and Robin Uthappa.
Dhoni, who had scored an unbeaten fifty in the first match of IPL 2022, remained unbeaten on 16 off 6 balls.
However, even as CSK finished their innings on a mammoth score of 210/7, it wasn’t enough for the side to register a maiden win in the season. Riding on an explosive 55-run innings off just 23 deliveries from Evin Lewis and key contributions from captain KL Rahul (40), Quinton de Kock (61), and Ayush Badoni (19* off 9 balls), LSG registered a six-wicket victory.