In the ongoing IPL 2022 season, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) haven’t been at their best, and they’re now at the ninth spot in the points table with four points from eight games.
MS Dhoni stepped down as captain and handed over the leadership to Ravindra Jadeja ahead of the current season, the franchise has undergone several changes. Despite their bad performances, former captain Dhoni has been a steady performer for Chennai and has excelled in the finisher’s role.
In match 33 against Mumbai Indians (MI), the wicketkeeper-batsman smashed an unbeaten 28 off 13 balls as CSK chased down a 156-run target. Dhoni hammered the match-winning boundary off the last ball of the match to propel CSK to victory, leaving fans in a state of euphoria.
Former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg praised Dhoni’s ability to end a game in a YouTube video, saying that “no goal is too huge” for him.
“MS Dhoni wants that particular moment. He wants it because he believes in himself. No target is too big. Whether it’s 15 runs an over or 30 runs an over, he still believes that he can get his team over the line. Also the reputation, he already knows that the bowler is thinking that he is good at this role at the back end and he can win from any situation“, he said.
“His scoring rate is not that high in the 18th and the 19th over. He is just working the ball around, making sure that he’s got control of the run rate. It’s between him and the bowler in the final over and he tries to attack the bowler in the first couple of balls. Once he does that,” he further added.
Fans anticipated Dhoni to win the game for Chennai in the last over of Match 38 against Punjab Kings (PBKS), but he was removed by Rishi Dhawan after scoring 12 runs off eight balls. On Monday, CSK was defeated by 11 runs at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.