MS Dhoni, on most days, is a calm customer on a cricket field. Not very often it happens that he loses his cool. He keeps his nerves and doesn’t usually express himself even when his teammate makes a mistake. But when it happens, it certainly means that a serious fault has been committed.
The Captain Cool Lost His Cool
One such incident occurred in a recent game in the 12th edition of Indian Premier League. Chennai Super Kings took on Kings XI Punjab in the 18th game of the season. The hosts batted first and scored 160/3 from 20 overs on the back of 54 from Faf du Plessis and 37 from Dhoni himself.
The visitors were well on course to chase the total down when KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan were batting together. Both scored half-centuries and added 110 runs for the 3rd wicket. But CSK bowlers pulled things back nicely and KXIP required 45 runs from the last 3 overs. Rahul got out for 55 and the equation reached 39 from 12 balls.
All CSK needed at that stage was the bowlers to deliver 12 good deliveries from the bowlers. Deepak Chahar came into the attack for the penultimate over. Off the first ball, he attempted a back of the hand slower delivery against Sarfaraz. But it went horribly wrong and ended up well over the waist and outside the off stump. The batsman easily guided that to the boundary over the third man.
Next ball was a free hit but the pacer attempted the same delivery. Once again, it had the same fate and another no-ball was presented. The captain MS Dhoni was furious and rushed towards the bowler. He was animated while giving instructions to Chahar. Dhoni’s words did wonders to the bowler who bowled a terrific over from then on. He delivered 6 perfect yorkers and castled David Miller off the last.
Almost a Deja vu moment
It was just one day back when a no-ball had turned the game around. In the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, the latter needed 53 runs from last 3 overs. Mohammed Siraj delivered a no-ball in the 18th over against Andre Russell that traveled for a six.
The bowler had to be taken off the attack as it was his second beamer of the game. Russell took full advantage of the situation and smashed 48 from 13 balls to take his side home. Luckily for CSK, Chahar’s dual no-ball didn’t hurt them much as they won the match by 22 runs.