Chennai Super Kings’ fans had a lot to cherish about during their first innings against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. The Yellow Army put on a humungous total of 220/3 in 20 overs with Faf du Plessis (95* off 60) leading the charge. While Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali also starred with bat, it was Thala who stole the limelight after coming in to bat ahead the likes of Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.
MS Dhoni comes to bat at No. 4
It was at 16.3 overs when Moeen Ali was dismissed and the score read 165/2. The fans were wondering whether Suresh Raina will come out to bat or if CSK will send someone like Jadeja or Sam Curran to unleash at the death overs. However, the fans were left in shock and delight at the same time when the saw skipper MS Dhoni himself walking out to bat ahead of all the other players.
— Chetan Gupta (@Chetan1109) April 21, 2021
It was definitely not the first time that Mahi has walked to bat earlier than expected at the iconic Wankhede Stadium. Although the 39-year-old did not look at his absolute best, he smashed a cracking six off the bowling of Prasidh Krishna, much to the delight of all the cricket lovers. MSD’s 8-ball 17 cameo was enough to bring the smiles on the faces of Thala fans.
With Dhoni promoting himself and playing a fiery cameo to him also scoring his first boundary off Sunil Narine in IPL career, Twitter went berserk as they expressed their excitement with a flurry of appreciation posts.
Check out the best tweets:
— Ritwikme23 (@ritwikme23) April 21, 2021
MS Dhoni is on field 😍#CSKvsKKR
— |అ ᶜˢᵏ•ˢʳʰ| (@aparnatarakhere) April 21, 2021
— Tanya Gupta (@tanyag5) April 21, 2021
Dhoni’s entry made both CSK and KKR fans happy. Power of Thala. 👍🏻
— Bhushan (@BhushanKadam_) April 21, 2021
If dhoni comes early to bat, he has planned something 🔥
Fingers crossed 🙏 #Whistlepodu
— MSDian™ (@ImMSDian_) April 21, 2021
Aur aaya aaya aaya Mera Dhoni aaya 🙈🙈😍😍❤️ #csk
— khushi 💔🖤 (@asimfankhushi) April 21, 2021
— Mayank gaur (@Mayankgaur78) April 21, 2021
— AsimRiaz Fan Boy #HeManAsim 😎🔥 (@asim_winner1) April 21, 2021
I have 99 problems and seeing Dhoni batting solves 100 of them
— Paromita//CHECK LINK IN BIO FOR COVID RESOURCES (@schezwandosa) April 21, 2021
Domination leval dhoni🔥🔥🔥
— Champu (@Marvadi__) April 21, 2021
That was a glimpse of the vintage Dhoni 😍😍😍
— Immoral Police (@Immoral_Police) April 21, 2021
Thankyou Dhoni . That vintage six 😍
— ` (@FourOverthrows) April 21, 2021
Good knock from Dhoni, tried to hit from ball one, 17 runs from 8 balls including 1 six and 2 fours. #IPL2021
— Kumar Gourav (@TheKumarGourav) April 21, 2021
— Umar Akmal (@umarakmalparody) April 21, 2021