MS Dhoni, the former Indian captain, started his IPL 2022 campaign against KKR. Dhoni stepped down as CSK captain before the 2022 season, handing up the baton to Ravindra Jadeja, however, he will continue to bat as a wicket-keeper.
The IPL 2022 competition began with a match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), with fans being pleasantly delighted to witness Dhoni reclaiming his Midas touch with a typical Dhoni inning taking the team’s total to 131 runs. After a two-year hiatus, the 40-year-old hit an IPL fifty, but it was in vain as KKR cruised past the target in the 19th over.
MS Dhoni wearing orange gloves
Dhoni’s batsmanship was questioned prior to the start of IPL 2022, given that he is well over 40, has had two dismal seasons as a batsman, and has recently stepped down as captain of the Chennai Super Kings.
MS Dhoni, on the other hand, silenced his doubters with a magnificent 50-run knock off 38 balls in the IPL 2022 season’s opening game at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday evening, after coming into bat in a tight situation and leading CSK to a fighting total.
It was a typical Dhoni innings: slow to begin, get his eye in, analyze the conditions, and target his bowlers before wreaking havoc in the last overs.
The fact that Dhoni was wearing bright orange gloves while wicket-keeping later drew the attention of the supporters. This was a change from previous seasons’ camouflage models and those with army insignia.
When fans saw Dhoni wearing the orange gloves, they immediately remembered that he wore similar orange gloves at the start of his international career. Photos of him wearing orange gloves versus KKR and at the outset of his international career, when he wore his hair long and stylishly, began to circulate on social media. Fans believe this is a strong hint from Dhoni that the IPL 2022 will be his final season.