IPL: 3 times when the team ended up losing due to MS Dhoni’s slow knock
The knocks by the CSK captain built up pressure on the batsmen at the other end.
Updated - Mar 20, 2019 7:38 pm
MS Dhoni might be one of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball and capable of clearing any rope. Yet, time and again, he brings out some uncharacteristic slow batting to the fore. The 37-year-old wicket-keeper batsman from Jharkhand ends up stunning everyone with his surprisingly creepy knocks.
Agreed that MS Dhoni takes a few deliveries to get his eye in initially. He makes up for those deliveries more often than not in T20 games and scores at not less than a strike rate of 110 or 120. However, this settling-in process takes too long at times. The CSK captain builds up pressure on the batsmen at the other end and has also been the reason behind his side’s loss on quite a few instances.
Here are three such instances when MS Dhoni’s batting lost his team the match:
1. 8* off 22 balls vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 14 May 2016
This is possibly MS Dhoni’s worst knock ever in the IPL. In 2016, Dhoni was representing the Rising Pune Supergiants. In the game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, RPS won the toss and opt to bat first. Even though the team lost the openers early, George Bailey and Saurabh Tiwary built a good partnership. At 67/2, the team was cruising well.
However, they lost some quick wickets and the skipper of the side walked in when the score was 74/4 with 10.3 overs left in the game. The rain was looming around and MS Dhoni was expected to go hard at the bowlers. RPS would have been out of the playoff race had they lost this game and it was a do-or-die situation.
Dhoni, though, was never able to get going. He found it extremely tough against Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla. He kept fending at deliveries and was unbeaten on 8 off 22 balls before the rain poured in. RPS put up 103/6 in 17.4 overs and KKR had to chase only 66 runs in 9 overs (DLS Method). With Yusuf Pathan going bonkers after the bowlers, the target was chased down in just 5 overs.