CSK vs KKR, IPL 2022: The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai was roaring with “Dhoni, Dhoni chants” as the former Chennai captain brought back memories of his vintage self, hitting a quick fifty to help CSK post 131 in 20 overs in the opener.
CSK v KKR: MS Dhoni greeted by loud cheers in Mumbai (Courtesy BCCI)
- MS Dhoni hit his first IPL fifty in 3 years on Saturday
- Wankhede went ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’, cheering the former CSK captain
- Dhoni’s fifty helped CSK post a par total of 131 vs KKR
MS Dhoni may not be the captain of Chennai Super Kings anymore but he, as expected, received the loudest cheers when he stepped on the field at the Wankhede Stadium during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 opener on Saturday.
Ravindra Jadeja, who took over as CSK captain, walked out for the toss along with Shreyas Iyer as the crowd acknowledged the return of IPL 2022 to the home venues amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, things did not begin well for Chennai Super Kings, the fan favourites at the Wankhede Stadium, even as a good section of the 25 percent capacity crowd was filled with yellow shirts in Mumbai.
After losing their openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway early, Chennai looked to rebuild through Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu but the former, who was looking set, was stumped by a brilliant piece of work from Sheldon Jackson.
Soon after, Chennai lost Robin Uthappa to a run-out after a mix-up between him and his captain Jadeja, following which they lost new-recruit Shivam Dube cheaply.
WANKHEDE GOES ‘DHONI, DHONI’
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Chennai were reeling at 61 for 5 in the 11th over but the Mumbai crowd began cheering the oncoming batter, Dhoni. The “Dhoni, Dhoni” chants were reverberating through the stands as the former captain walked into the middle.
Dhoni took his time and struggled for timing, but Dhoni picked up some momentum and hit a quickfire fifty to help Chennai Super Kings post a total in excess of 20
Dhoni and Jadeja added 70 runs for the 6h wicket as Chennai Super Kings lifted their score to 131 for 5 in 20 overs. The two added 47 runs in the last 3 overs as Dhoni took his fans down memory lane.
Dhoni delighted the fans, hitting 7 boundaries and a six as he remained unbeaten on 50, his first half-century in the IPL after 3 years.