MS Dhoni is a cool and calm character. Very rarely he loses his cool. But one incident turned MS Dhoni extremely angry and his never-seen-before face was out. You won’t have seen Dhoni angrier than that.
The visitors were struggling at 24/4 after 6 overs. MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu then stuck together and resurrected the chase. They brought the side back in the game with a stand of 95 runs. Rayudu, before getting out in the 18th over, scored 57 from 47 balls.
MS Dhoni too went past his half-century. He stuck to his mantra of taking the game as deep as possible. In the last over, CSK needed 18 runs with Dhoni being accompanied by Ravindra Jadeja. The left-hander struck the first ball for a six to bring it down to 12 from 5. Stokes faltered and bowled a no-ball.
Dhoni could take only 2 runs from the free-hit as the equation read 8 from 4 balls. Stokes delivered the perfect yorker that castled the CSK captain for 58 from 43 balls. Mitchell Santner walked out to bat and what transpired next was absolute chaos.
MS Dhoni is at his angriest
Ben Stokes delivered a full toss that seemed pretty high. The main umpire Ullas Gandhe signaled a no-ball as the pair in the middle collected a couple of runs. But the next moment, the umpire changed his decision and reversed the no-ball call. The leg-umpire Bruce Oxenford hadn’t indicated a no-ball but the main umpire assumed it would be one. It’s always the leg-umpire’s call to decide on the height. But in haste, the umpire signaled the wrong call.
CSK didn’t have the free hit for the next ball. Jadeja didn’t agree as he went for an argument with the leg-umpire. MS Dhoni, who was standing outside the boundary line, was furious with the decision. He first expressed his displeasure from outside but then decided to storm onto the field.
He was very angry and pointed at the umpire that he had signaled a no-ball. The 39-year-old was not at all convinced and the argument went on for a while. Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane joined in as after a few moments, the debate came to an end. It was decided that the play would continue without it being a no-ball and Dhoni had to walk off.
CSK then needed 6 from 2 balls. Santner struck one down the ground to collect runs. Stokes missed his line as the next one went for a wide. With 3 required from the last ball, Santner hit a massive six over long-on to take his team past the line with 4 wickets in hand. Once again, the defending champions found a way to win from a tricky situation.
Dhoni has been fined 50% of his match fees
For Breaching Indian Premier League code of conduct, MS Dhoni has been fined 50% of his match fees for this act.