IPL 2018 will go down with some of the most exciting matches in the entire history of Indian Premier League. This includes all the big runs made, records broken, chases accomplished and targets destroyed. There’s always something exciting happening in some match and the same happened yesterday.
It almost seems as if CSK just can’t have a clear-cut win or lose, they need to have some thrilling moments, exceptional innings and more than anything, something unique from MS Dhoni.
Last night’s match between CSK and KXIP was another cold-blooded example of this. Chennai Super Kings were chasing a target of 197 runs, set by the exceptional performance from Kings XI Punjab. The target resulted in another phenomenal performance from Chennai’s side. However, it was Dhoni who gathered nationwide interest with each and every ball he faced.
Country’s favourite wicketkeeper-batsman hammered unbeaten 79 runs off just 44 balls which went on to become Dhoni’s highest score in T20 cricket. What made Dhoni’s knock even more special is the fact that he gave a scare to Kings XI Punjab team despite struggling what looked like a back spasm. Just think of what the scenario had been if there was nothing holding Dhoni’s back back.
But he did the best he could, along with a hard-hitting last-ball six. And because nothing goes unnoticed, especially something like this from Dhoni, Twitterati immediately started lauding Captain Cool for his innings. Here are some of the best tweets on Dhoni’s 79 runs off 44 balls.
Dhoni with a bad back almost pulled off the impossible. People keep writing him off but this man keeps raising the bar higher and higher. @ChennaiIPL and the fans can be super proud of his effort #KXIPvCSK
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 15, 2018
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) April 15, 2018
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) April 15, 2018
Crowd just loves MS. Every ground is home ground for Dhoni. #KXIPvCSK
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 15, 2018
Dhoni’s knock was a wonderful reminder of what he can do if he bats higher up the order….most bowlers still don’t know where to bowl to him in the death overs. You see fear in their eyes… #Mahi #KXIPvCSK #IPL
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2018
That was quite a show by MS Dhoni. Love watching his interviews, loved when he mentioned God has given him enough power he doesn't need to use his back to hit sixes(referring to injury). Kings 11 will be delighted with this win #KXIPvCSK
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 15, 2018
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 15, 2018
— Kate Cross (@katecross16) April 15, 2018
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) April 15, 2018
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) April 15, 2018
Congratulations to the boys. Good to win this. Excellent knock from Dhoni ,kept everybody on the edge of their seats. But Chris Gayle ,the Universe Boss was magnificent. Our spinners did well to contain in the middle overs. #KXIPvCSK
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 15, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 15, 2018
Surely he is in Pain. Struggling to stay there. Sends back the Physio. That's MS Dhoni for you. #KXIPvCSK
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) April 15, 2018
— Nikhil Chinapa (@nikhilchinapa) April 15, 2018
A nail biting finish in the IPL & Congratulations @realpreityzinta @lionsdenkxip winning by 4 runs despite the heroics from MS Dhoni. An excellent advertisement of a thrilling T20 game. Good to have @henrygayle back playing franchise cricket and back in form. #IPL2018
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) April 15, 2018
Test knock wala #Dhoni said who? It's vintage DHONI. The man who could turn any match on any given day, Beware.
— Akash Jain (@akash207) April 15, 2018
CSK loses, but Dhoni clearly the winner tonight. Unbelievable knock! 🙏🙏🙏#CSKvsKXIP
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 15, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 15, 2018
Honestly, MS Dhoni batted as well today as I have seen him in the past. Still produces the same excitement and the same fear (depending on which side you are backing!)
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 15, 2018
@msdhoni Bhai You are champion 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 hard Luck but that inning was absolutely Amazing and outstanding to Watch 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) April 15, 2018
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) April 15, 2018
For all you Dhoni fans, you are perhaps feeling what we Dada fans felt that IPL game against Rajasthan, when Dada almost won the game, playing an innings similarly amazing to this one.
— Arnab Ray (@greatbong) April 15, 2018
What a knock from MS. Catching the highlights in peace after all the nerves. 💪 pic.twitter.com/aQPAXtLsUH
— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) April 15, 2018
What an incredible game against @ChennaiIPL, my first time in the other dug out, as always @msdhoni was brilliant in a chase. Thankfully we had enough resolve to dig deep. Well done to @imohitsharma18 on seeing us through.🙌
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) April 15, 2018
No matter what you do Dhoni, there’s a huge base of fans who won’t stop feeling proud of you.