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“Match-fixing bigger crime than murder”- MS Dhoni in his documentary ‘Roar of the Lion’

"The team was involved and even my name came up."

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The buzz around Hotstar’s new documentary on the former Indian captain MS Dhoni just got stronger when the new trailer dropped recently. Hotstar will be bringing out a documentary named ‘Roar of the Lion’ which chronicles the life of Dhoni including exclusive interviews.

MS Dhoni is easily the most successful captains India have had. Apart from taking the team to the no.1 ranking in Tests for the first time, under Dhoni, India had won the T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC World Cup win in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. This made Dhoni one of the best role models for the kids to follow.

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Apart from his accolades for India, MS Dhoni has also been a successful captain in the IPL as well, having a long career for Chennai based Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team, who had bought him in 2008 auction as the most expensive player in the league at that time. Dhoni has led CSK to three IPL titles in 2010, 2011 and 2018.

Testing times for the Chennai Super Kings

Everything was going extremely fine for Chennai Super Kings and MS Dhoni, but in 2013, three players from Rajasthan Royals and officials of CSK were found involved in match-fixing. After a long investigation, the BCCI and IPL governing council decided on banning the two franchises for a period of two years. MS Dhoni was interrogated for a long time about his role in the scandal, but he came out unscathed.

The ban on the two franchises meant that Dhoni played for Rising Pune Supergiant for two years in 2016 and 2017. He led the team in 2016, but with the team finishing near the bottom of the league, was dumped as captain for 2017, when the team reached the finals under Steve Smith.

In the 2018 IPL, the bans of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals came to an end and both the teams made their comebacks into the league. Chennai retained MS Dhoni along with Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja before the auction. In an auction, they went for experience and mixed it with youth. Dhoni returned as captain and in a fairy-tale ending, took the team to the finals, where they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the IPL for the third time, tying Mumbai Indians for the record.

The documentary trailer

The new trailer of the documentary is highly emotional with the 37-year-old Jharkhand-born Dhoni speaking about how the time of two years was difficult not only for him but for everyone who was involved with the team, as the franchise was found to be guilty.

“The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder, it is match-fixing. The team was involved and even my name came up. It was a tough phase for us. Fans felt the punishment was harsh and the comeback was very emotional. And I always said what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Dhoni mentioned.

There are shots of Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja with voice-overs saying that even their names were discussed during the investigation. Later in the trailer, Dhoni speaks about playing for another franchise for two years and then making a triumphant return with CSK in 2018 and winning the title.

Here’s the video of the trailer

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