In the 11th match off the 2022 IPL, Punjab Kings have taken on Chennai Super Kings. CSK may be a champion team with multiple trophies in their cabinet, however, their start to this IPL has been far from impressive. They have lost the first two games which has happened first time in IPL history.
Punjab on the other hand have won one game and lost one. The find of this season for Punjab has been Bhanuka Rajapaksa. He has impressed one and all with his heavy hitting and ability to clear the field at will. His wicket was the prized possession for CSK and Dhoni pulled off magic to send him back to the dug-out.
Dhoni turns back the clock
In the initial overs of the powerplay, Punjab lost Mayank Aggarwal and needed Rajapaksa to steady the ship. Chris Jordan was bowling to him. In the second ball off the over, he nudged the ball towards mid-on where no fielder was positioned. He went for a run but there was miscommunication between the batsmen and he was sent back. In the meantime, Jordan ran and quickly sent the ball towards the striker’s end. He missed the stumps but Dhoni was extremely aware off the situation. Through sheer agility and athleticism, he collected the ball and dived to dislodge the bails. This sent Rajapaksa packing.
Twitter goes gaga
The run-out reminded fans of the numerous such run-outs that Dhoni has executed by being self-aware and displaying amazing match presence. Fans couldn’t stop gushing over Dhoni’s brilliance and took to Twitter to express their joy, appreciation and adoration.
— Sam (@sam1998011) April 3, 2022
This athleticism and runout from MS Dhoni 😎🔥 pic.twitter.com/vm4Xrd5J51
— A N K I T (@Ankitaker) April 3, 2022
— Chirag Jn07🇮🇳 (@ChiragJn07) April 3, 2022
— PK-Dhoni ᶜʰᵉⁿⁿᵃⁱ ˢᵘᵖᵉʳ ᴷⁱⁿᵍˢ (@PKDHONIII) April 3, 2022
— AASHISH VARDHAN (@aashishvardhan) April 3, 2022
— Rao Nikhil (@RaoNikhil7) April 3, 2022
— Dr.Sriram.R MBBS DNB RT (@leftyindian) April 3, 2022
— பிரதீப் (@pradeep_chennai) April 3, 2022