MS Dhoni seldom dives portion moving betwixt the wickets. In fact, the erstwhile India skipper seldom needs 1 arsenic helium is among the fastest runners betwixt the wickets. But connected Monday, determination was a uncommon show astatine the Wankhede Stadium arsenic Dhoni enactment a full-length dive to debar getting run-out successful Chennai Super Kings' 3rd lucifer of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 against Rajasthan Royals.
MS Dhoni, starring the side for the 200th time, walked successful astatine No. 7 aft Chennai Super Kings were successful a spot of bother, having mislaid well-set Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina successful the 14th over. Dhoni, who has not played a batch of competitory cricket since IPL 2020, looked rusty. After having got retired for 0 successful his lone sound successful IPL 2021 earlier Monday, Dhoni was seemingly keen connected getting disconnected the mark.
In the 15th implicit bowled by leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia, MS Dhoni pushed 1 to the screen portion and acceptable disconnected for a single. However, determination was nary azygous for the taking and Ravindra Jadeja rightly said nary to his captain. Dhoni was astir halfway down the wicket but helium rapidly turned astir and enactment successful a full-length dive.
Dhoni was harmless arsenic the propulsion had to beryllium collected by wicketkeeper Sanju Samson who broke the stumps. Replays showed Dhoni was comfortably successful aft the full-length dive successful Mumbai.
Fans were pleasantly amazed to spot Dhoni dive portion moving betwixt the wickets. Quite a fewer adjacent pointed retired however Dhoni backed himself to implicit that infamous 2nd tally successful the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
Indha dive'a Manchester la pannirkalaame thala!— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) April 19, 2021
I americium 100% definite everyone's caput went backmost to 1 lucifer aft watching this dive. pic.twitter.com/Zyk44cWej2— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 19, 2021
Struggle of @ChennaiIPL batting is simply a concern, past fewer overs has MS & @imjadeja to people rapidly and good they can. Chetan’s been phenomenal not giving overmuch distant and I person ne'er seen Mahi dive, committedness level ????#CSKvsRR #IPL2021 @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/G5TQJfbI6g— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) April 19, 2021 April 19, 2021 April 19, 2021 April 19, 2021
Lesson from satellite cupful ?? Finally we saw Dhoni's Dive #MSDhoni— Animesh Santoshwar (@Animesh_AS45) April 19, 2021 April 19, 2021
Dhoni dived? Lockdown done right!— Sonal Goyal (@goyal_sonal) April 19, 2021
Dhoni, who was starring a single-handed battle successful a tricky pursuit successful Manchester, tried to implicit a speedy treble but was run-out by Martin Guptill who got a nonstop deed from heavy fine-leg.
Incidentally, Dhoni's planetary vocation ended with that run-out arsenic helium retired from planetary cricket connected August 15, 2020 without playing a lucifer aft the World Cup semi-final.
Notably, Dhoni had spoken to India Today Sports Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar astir that run-out, saying helium should person dived to implicit the 2nd run. India mislaid the 2019 World Cup semi-final by 18 runs, chasing 240.
"“In my archetypal crippled I was run-out and this crippled again I was run-out. I support telling myself wherefore I didn’t dive. Those 2 inches I inactive support telling myself I should person dived," Dhoni had said, arsenic quoted by Majumdar.