'Don't do this in a team game': MS Dhoni's act against PBKS irritates Irfan Pathan

"Don't do this in a team game": MS Dhoni's act against PBKS irritates Irfan Pathan

MS Dhoni and Daryl Mitchell vs PBKS© BCCI/Sportzpics

Chennai Super Kings' Thala captivated fans with his appearance during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match against Punjab Kings. Dhoni hit a four and a six during his 11-ball stay in the crease before running out. While Dhoni's short stay on the field at the end of the innings captivated the fans, it was his act right from the start of his arrival that irked many, including the former Indian all-rounder. Irfan Pathanwho urged the former CSK skipper not to do this during a team match.

Dhoni refused to come forward for a single or a double, despite the company of the New Zealand batter. Daryl Mitchell at the other end of the field. Realizing it was an easy single, Mitchell ran to the non-striker's side and even reached the attacking side before returning.

Somehow, Mitchell completed a double while Dhoni refused to even leave his crease. The act of the CSK number 7 left many people perplexed as Mitchell is not a tailender who doesn't know how to smash the ball in death overs.

“You will definitely talk about the six since MS Dhoni has a huge fan following. People love him a lot. However, the kind of shot he played, more was expected from him,” Irfan said in a conversation on Star Sports.

“He shouldn't have done that (denied a single). It's a team game. Don't do that in a team game. The other guy is also an international player. If he had been bowler, I would have understood for sure. You did that with (Ravindra) Jadeja and with Mitchell too. You don't need to do that, he could have avoided it,” Pathan added.

Irfan also praised the Punjab Kings captain Sam Curran for the way he used Rahul Chahar in the 19th over to nullify MS Dhoni's threat.

“Curran getting a spinner to bowl the 19th over was a masterstroke because given the form MS Dhoni is in, he could have taken the game forward in those two overs. He could have scored 30 runs in two overs but they did not allow him to do that,” he said.

“You bowled against him with excellent planning. Although a six was certainly hit in Arshdeep's over, he bowled well as well. He (Dhoni) was unable to score runs against spinners during the last few years, that’s why he resolves in the order He scores runs in the last over while fast bowlers think about bowling yorkers,” Pathan added.

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