Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni batted intelligently on a tricky pitch and scored a well-calculated half-century against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Chepauk on Sunday.
Dhoni now has a produced a fifty in every IPL season since the inaugural edition in 2008.
He has 21 half-centuries, 19 for CSK and two for Rising Pune Supergiant, to his name in 178 matches. Dhoni, however, is yet to score a hundred in the IPL.
The 37-year-old’s final flourish against RR propelled CSK to 175 for 5 at the end of 20 overs. He smashed three successive sixes off Jaydev Undakat in the 20th over and remained unbeaten on 75 off 46 balls.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Not Whistle Podu, but that was Whistle Todu and Whistle Fodu from Dhoni.
Very very good to see#CSKvRR
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 31, 2019
M S Dhoni has got to be the coolest leader to have walked onto ancrixket field. I hope all the young kids around the world copy MSD’s body language, demeanor and calmness. #CSK.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) March 31, 2019
— Rajal Arora (@RajalArora) March 31, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 31, 2019
The Old Warhorse. @msdhoni 💥🏏
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 31, 2019
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) March 31, 2019
— Moulin (@Moulinparikh) March 31, 2019
RCB on this track: 70
MS Dhoni here: 75*
Dhoni won by 5 runs. #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) March 31, 2019
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) March 31, 2019
What was looking like being an average total is now an absolutely challenging one – One Man made the Difference – MS Dhoni. Remember, he came in when @ChennaiIPL were in a trouble at 27/3 . This is experience for you #CSKvRR
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) March 31, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 31, 2019
Most unbeaten scores of 70-plus for keepers in IPL:
4 – MS Dhoni*
3 – KL Rahul #CSKvRR
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) March 31, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 31, 2019
If you want a management lesson without going to a renowned B school watch this @msdhoni innings again and again and give yourself an MBA. Class !
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) March 31, 2019