'You weren't against Mustafizur': MS Dhoni faces heat for his on-field act

"You weren't at bat with Mustafizur": MS Dhoni faces heat for his on-field act

MS Dhoni in action for CSK during IPL 2024©AFP

MS Dhoni faced some criticism after denying Daryl Mitchell a single in the final over of Chennai Super Kings' innings in the IPL 2024 match against Punjab Kings on Wednesday. On the third ball of the final over, Dhoni played the ball towards extra cover and Mitchell quickly went for a run. However, Dhoni was not interested and Mitchell ended up 'completing' two runs as the fielder picked up the ball and returned it. While Dhoni hit a mammoth six just two balls later, the former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra Wasn't happy that Dhoni wasn't giving strike to an explosive hitter like Mitchell.

“In the end, Dhoni refused to even take a single. That's fine but Daryl Mitchell is Daryl Mitchell. You weren't batting with Mustafizur, no disrespect, but he refused. He batted a six but the runs were never going to be enough, and that's exactly how it happened,” Chopra said on her YouTube channel.

Coming to the match, Punjab Kings kept their IPL 2024 playoff dreams alive with a big seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings.

Captain of CSK Ruturaj Gaikwad said they were “50-60 points short” in the match.

“Probably missing 50-60 points, the throw wasn't great when we were hitting, it got better later. With the impact rule too, we were way short. I practiced the throws ( during training sessions), it's The match is not going well, I don't know what to do To be honest, I'm under pressure when I go to the middle (for the draw). was surprised to have won by a big margin in the last match (victory by 78 runs against SRH).”

“I think in the last two games the conditions and pitch were better, it allowed us to fight hard and reach 200+, today it wasn't even good enough to reach 180 .”

“It's a real problem (on the player missing due to injuries and Chahal walking away in the first over), there are phases where you want wickets, but you only have two bowlers, the dew has took the spinners out of the equation It was It's tough, but there are four games left and we'll try to get back to winning ways.”

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