Punjab v Chennai, IPL 2010, Dharamsala April 18, 2010

Dhoni's audacity wins it for Chennai

Chennai had been in tight spots earlier in the competition and failed to hang on. Tonight, in a do-or-die match, they emerged trumps thanks to the sheer gall of their most valuable asset
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Long before the Chennai Super Kings players mobbed their captain after he struck the game-winning six with two balls left, there was a far less cheery appearance to the squad. There was MS Dhoni - as he told it later - looking at how the campaign of a team that had never failed to reach the IPL semi-finals had led it to a knockout league match in Dharamsala, as far detached from Chennai's humidity as possible. Chennai had been hurt by the absence of two overseas allrounders, the ineffectiveness of their Indian fast bowlers, and the patchy form of Matthew Hayden and Dhoni for much of the competition. Their season had reached a point of great irritation and desperation.

Dhoni spoke after the match of how his own form had been a disappointing feature before this cracker of a contest, and that gave context to his rare outburst after sealing victory. When he slammed a second successive six off Irfan Pathan to ensure Chennai evaded elimination, Dhoni's passionate and intense release of emotion, which culminated with an uppercut he landed himself on the chin, spoke volumes. In the space of four deliveries Chennai clinched a thriller, and the resounding effect of Dhoni's performance echoed louder than many could have envisioned.

After another shambolic bowling effort - where the faster bowlers were again to blame - and another single-digit score from Hayden, two excellent innings from Suresh Raina and S Badrinath had ensured there was never any real panic during a huge chase. Dhoni commended the pair later, but his own role proved the decisive one. To hit 28 of the 29 runs needed from the two remaining overs, and with two balls to spare, was sublime. The turning point came in the penultimate over when, after hitting two boundaries, Dhoni was dropped by Kumar Sangakkara. In the final over, from which Chennai needed 16, Dhoni switched gears to smash two sixes.

There are three basic aspects to Dhoni's game - speed, confidence and unflappability. For someone with an unorthodox technique, the bat speed he generates is remarkable, his running between wickets is among the quickest India have seen, and his timing is sweet. And then there is the it factor: his seemingly nonchalant disregard for the opposition and an unfazed demeanour. Asian batsmen are known to be wristy craftsmen and Dhoni is the Andy Warhol of this artistry - bold, aggressive, and striving to redefine. That's what he did tonight when Irfan - whose pace was just how Dhoni likes it - was given the ball.

Such is Dhoni's swing, bat speed and ability to hang back in his crease that he can turn good deliveries into boundary-balls. The first ball was nearly a yorker, but Dhoni converted it into a freebie and bludgeoned it past extra cover for four with awesome wrist power. After a miscue for two, Dhoni reached out to a failed yorker and crashed it from outside off to on top of the roof behind long-on. It was an audacious hit, and you could only but sit and marvel at Dhoni's genius.

Dhoni's power-hitting has been influential in India winning many ODIs, but this was a different Dhoni after the win. "It was a very emotional moment for me, because franchise cricket is also professional cricket, " Dhoni said. "At the end of 20 overs it was very tough to say whether we could chase down 190-odd runs. Raina again gave us a start and soaked up all the pressure, and Badri batted really well. Because it was a small ground and the altitude is high the ball travels really far, and the outfield is quick, so at the back of my mind it was there that whatever runs were needed at the end, they could be achieved. Most chances are that I may succeed, about 60-70%, and that's what happened."

Dhoni has earned the reputation of being a great finisher and this was another example of just how devastating he can be. The situation was so precarious, but that's exactly when Dhoni chose to step up. Chennai had been in tight spots earlier in the competition and failed to hang on. Tonight, in a do-or-die match, they emerged trumps thanks to the sheer gall of their most valuable asset.

It was perhaps fitting that Dhoni rediscovered his mojo here in the Himalayas, for he originally hails from the hill region of Almora, in Uttaranchal. Tonight he played his part to perfection, flattening Kings XI Punjab with a brilliant innings and living up to his billing as a finisher. If the sky provided all the rain during a day that fluctuated from chilly to warm, Dhoni's bat took care of the thunder and lightning.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Kamal_Yuvaraj on April 21, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    I think the best team for CSK will be

    1. Vijay 2. Hyden 3. Raina 4. Badri 5. Dhoni 6. Morkel 7. Badani 8. Thushara 9. Bollinger 10. Ashwin 11. Jakati

    Well balanced bowling and batting. Badani is a great bat with lot of experiance and a useful spinner.

    CSK is only team who made it to Semi in all 3 IPL. It's time for CSK to win.

  • Edassery on April 21, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    As I mentioned in my comment below the IPL instant heroes will now cite reasons for opting out of representing their country for T20 WorldCup and the rest that follows. Mr. Sehwag has already ruled out of the T20 WC.

  • heshu71 on April 20, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Yes ,well done csk.High time to make some changes in the team.Its not compulsory to play 4 forign players.so drop hayden and open with murali vijay and anirudra,then in form raina,badri,dhoni,morkel kemp etc....if the pitch suits for spinners bring in the champion murali or take ganapathy and give him the new ball.he is a very good new ball bowler than tyagi and gony..so give him the chance,,,,,,,i telll u guys yes CSK will lift the cup this time...but be wary of symonds who si good form now....best of luck guysssssssssss

  • mukki1 on April 19, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Best cricket captain india ever produced....

  • SebV on April 19, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    I'm a huge Dhoni fan. I was watching the highlights of this match when I realized that Badri played quite spectacularly. It's only fair to say that without his innings, CSK didn't stand a chance even with MSD's great shots towards the end. No wonder the honest man that he is, Dhoni mentioned Raina and Badri's efforts. Anil, watch & learn to appreciate your teammates as well as your opponents.

  • on April 19, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    I understand people dissing hayden cause he has had only one good game so far but Murali has been great barring that one match against KKR ( also rajasthan but then everyone except bollinger got taken to the cleaners that day) and for the remainder of the time he has been unfaily benched. I think he deserves a show in the semi. drop Tyagi and Kemp. Get an indian batsman and murali. it could be anirudha or arun karthik maybe they should give abhinav mukund a chance ( is he in the squad ?). I would still persist with hayden can't help but feel a monster innings is round the corner and god help bowlers that day

  • knowledge_eater on April 19, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    He is not number 1 ODI batsman currently on ranking for nothing. Was I surprised with his knock ? NO He has done it million times. May be thats all he needed to get back into finishing touch. Suddenly CSK is biggest threat to claim the cup. It is really like lottery, as he suggested. MI vs RCB CSK vs DC, what a match up. May the best team performance on that day win. My pick would be MI vs CSK in final. Because if DC comes into final, Gilly will take it from MI, he always fires in semis and final. Peace

  • manasvi_lingam on April 19, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    The best team for Chennai would be to drop Hayden, bring in Murali and drop Tyagi and bring in Aniruddha/Arun Karthik/Badani. The lineup that I favour would be: Vijay, Aniruddha, Raina, Dhoni, Badri, Kemp, Morkel, Muralitharan, Ashwin, Jakati, Bollinger 4 bowlers + 2 all rounders + 1 part timer Batting till No.7 (Morkel) and Ashwin and Jakati can bat a bit too. The important thing is to trust the spinners and allow them to choke the opposition, like Sri Lanka in the 90s. 3 spinners and Raina would make a good combo. Also, Aniruddha is a hard hitting batsman and he can also score as many runs as Hayden who is currently in poor form.

  • Daba on April 19, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Dhoni is a real champ, I hope chennai wins the ipl 2010, and many more to come in 20-20WC. Good luck

  • llchennai on April 19, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Well done CSK! I thought CSK would lose the plot in the 20th over because it is never easy to score 16 in 6 balls despite the presence of a great finisher like MS; remember our taile-enders could not score even 3 runs in the last over against KXIP; CSK was lucky this time it was Irfan at the other end and not a Steyn or Vaas or Nannes or Lee because those experienced death over specialists would have bowled yorkers on the 6th stump which would have made sixes difficult; Vaas did an excellent job at the death against DD the same night. CSK has the hat trick now in being in the semis every time despite the absence of allrounders Andrew Flintoff & Jacob Oram, Justin Kemp for 70%, the 3-in-1 MSD for 4 out of 14 games all of which was lost, off-colour greats like Muthiah Murali and Haydos, club cricket pace bowling in the wrong areas by Balaji, Tyagi, Goni, Albie & Joginder; for semi, Douggy, Haydos, Murali, Albie shd be the 4 foreigners; Douggy/Murali/Ashwin/Jakati/Raina is formidable.

  • Kamal_Yuvaraj on April 21, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    I think the best team for CSK will be

    1. Vijay 2. Hyden 3. Raina 4. Badri 5. Dhoni 6. Morkel 7. Badani 8. Thushara 9. Bollinger 10. Ashwin 11. Jakati

    Well balanced bowling and batting. Badani is a great bat with lot of experiance and a useful spinner.

    CSK is only team who made it to Semi in all 3 IPL. It's time for CSK to win.

  • Edassery on April 21, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    As I mentioned in my comment below the IPL instant heroes will now cite reasons for opting out of representing their country for T20 WorldCup and the rest that follows. Mr. Sehwag has already ruled out of the T20 WC.

  • heshu71 on April 20, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Yes ,well done csk.High time to make some changes in the team.Its not compulsory to play 4 forign players.so drop hayden and open with murali vijay and anirudra,then in form raina,badri,dhoni,morkel kemp etc....if the pitch suits for spinners bring in the champion murali or take ganapathy and give him the new ball.he is a very good new ball bowler than tyagi and gony..so give him the chance,,,,,,,i telll u guys yes CSK will lift the cup this time...but be wary of symonds who si good form now....best of luck guysssssssssss

  • mukki1 on April 19, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Best cricket captain india ever produced....

  • SebV on April 19, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    I'm a huge Dhoni fan. I was watching the highlights of this match when I realized that Badri played quite spectacularly. It's only fair to say that without his innings, CSK didn't stand a chance even with MSD's great shots towards the end. No wonder the honest man that he is, Dhoni mentioned Raina and Badri's efforts. Anil, watch & learn to appreciate your teammates as well as your opponents.

  • on April 19, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    I understand people dissing hayden cause he has had only one good game so far but Murali has been great barring that one match against KKR ( also rajasthan but then everyone except bollinger got taken to the cleaners that day) and for the remainder of the time he has been unfaily benched. I think he deserves a show in the semi. drop Tyagi and Kemp. Get an indian batsman and murali. it could be anirudha or arun karthik maybe they should give abhinav mukund a chance ( is he in the squad ?). I would still persist with hayden can't help but feel a monster innings is round the corner and god help bowlers that day

  • knowledge_eater on April 19, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    He is not number 1 ODI batsman currently on ranking for nothing. Was I surprised with his knock ? NO He has done it million times. May be thats all he needed to get back into finishing touch. Suddenly CSK is biggest threat to claim the cup. It is really like lottery, as he suggested. MI vs RCB CSK vs DC, what a match up. May the best team performance on that day win. My pick would be MI vs CSK in final. Because if DC comes into final, Gilly will take it from MI, he always fires in semis and final. Peace

  • manasvi_lingam on April 19, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    The best team for Chennai would be to drop Hayden, bring in Murali and drop Tyagi and bring in Aniruddha/Arun Karthik/Badani. The lineup that I favour would be: Vijay, Aniruddha, Raina, Dhoni, Badri, Kemp, Morkel, Muralitharan, Ashwin, Jakati, Bollinger 4 bowlers + 2 all rounders + 1 part timer Batting till No.7 (Morkel) and Ashwin and Jakati can bat a bit too. The important thing is to trust the spinners and allow them to choke the opposition, like Sri Lanka in the 90s. 3 spinners and Raina would make a good combo. Also, Aniruddha is a hard hitting batsman and he can also score as many runs as Hayden who is currently in poor form.

  • Daba on April 19, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Dhoni is a real champ, I hope chennai wins the ipl 2010, and many more to come in 20-20WC. Good luck

  • llchennai on April 19, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Well done CSK! I thought CSK would lose the plot in the 20th over because it is never easy to score 16 in 6 balls despite the presence of a great finisher like MS; remember our taile-enders could not score even 3 runs in the last over against KXIP; CSK was lucky this time it was Irfan at the other end and not a Steyn or Vaas or Nannes or Lee because those experienced death over specialists would have bowled yorkers on the 6th stump which would have made sixes difficult; Vaas did an excellent job at the death against DD the same night. CSK has the hat trick now in being in the semis every time despite the absence of allrounders Andrew Flintoff & Jacob Oram, Justin Kemp for 70%, the 3-in-1 MSD for 4 out of 14 games all of which was lost, off-colour greats like Muthiah Murali and Haydos, club cricket pace bowling in the wrong areas by Balaji, Tyagi, Goni, Albie & Joginder; for semi, Douggy, Haydos, Murali, Albie shd be the 4 foreigners; Douggy/Murali/Ashwin/Jakati/Raina is formidable.

  • akram112 on April 19, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Dhoni is one of the most brilliant and collected captains that the Indian team has ever had, and he proves that he is just as good a player as he is a captain. I was worried about his rather disappointing form this IPL, but he has truly played the captain's knock in the last over. The CSK remain the only team to have made the semis in all three editions of the IPL. They have the talent and potential to win, but they need to finetune their squad and skills. The ideal squad for CSK stand as follows:

    1. Murali Vijay 2. Suresh Raina 3. Albie Morkel 4. M S Dhoni 5. Justin Kemp 6. Subramaniam Badrinath 7. Ravichandran Ashwin 8. Muttiah Muralitharan 9. Shadab Jakati 10. Doug Bollinger 11. Sudeep Tyagi

    Keeping the above squad, the players who need polishing are Muralitharan and Jakati. If they do this, they are assured atleast of a fighting chance for the finals. Best of Luck, CSK!!

  • kapil__goyal on April 19, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    No one can dare to question the form of CSK batsmen especially after the last game again Punjab. Only change I guess, can be playing Murli/Tushara instead of Hayden and opening with Badri and Vijay. Badrinath is a solid batsman but he is not someone who can go bang bang after the bowling, so seeing the form Raina is in, Chennai should really think of dropping Hayden. Hussey could be another option to open with.

  • on April 19, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    To start with, my feelings are the same as many here. Have to say I rarely get so excited as I was when Dhoni hit the first six in the last over and sent the ball into the mountains. Badhri did well to

    One very positive point I have observed abt CSK is that with only half the team in form, injured foriegn players and bad fast bowling, CSK has managed to enter Semis. Imagine what will happen if atleast 3 bowlers and 3 batsmen click in a single day :)

    Also CSK wud take a lot of confidence from Captain Marvel (as my mom addresses Dhoni).

    Also I need to mention that L.Siva was actually not supporting CSK in commentary. He infact was saying that it was not possible for CSK thru out last 5 overs. Infact I find no one in commentary team applauding chennai except Sidhu. Dont know why.

    Still remember Ravi shahtri talking CSK out in their earlier match against Punjab. He kept on saying now Punjab need 2 wickets.. Then he said this match shud go to Super Over.. all he said became true :)

  • pranay_bangalore on April 19, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    cometh the hour...cometh the man

  • Godsarmy79 on April 19, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Way to go! Dhoni well played. Hats off to you Dhoni for being so down to earth unlike Arrogant & selfish Yuvraj. Just cant wait for him to be removed from Indian team.

  • on April 19, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    I was disappointed to see Morkel come in with very few balls left. CSK are not using him to his full potential. He was sublime in the Aussie tour making full use of the Batting Powerplay. With Hayden out of form, i think he should open. When he get going he is unstoppable.....

  • sparth on April 19, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Its ironic that in the picure with the dalay lama, Dhoni and Albie Morkel are both holding hands with him, and they both are at the crease when chennai won. Maybe there was some spiritual intervention here...

  • ramli on April 19, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Dhoni's audacity is unquestioned. For quality players, this "loss of form stuff" is only temporary in most instances. It is time for CSK to seriously consider fielding all three spinners from now on if they want to lift the cup. The writing is on the wall that pacers are taken to cleaners with the exception of Bollinger. Also, it is the top order that had been responsible for CSK's victories so far. So why grappling with Indian pacers in the team? The ideal team that would fetch CSK the IPL 2010 Cup is Vijay, Patel, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Morkel, Kemp, Bollinger, Muralidharan, Ashwin, Jakati. Good luck CSK!

  • on April 19, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Dhoni represents self belief and committment to purpose! His innings was testimony to his attitude and passion for excellence.... I am sure this will have a rub-off effect on a whole generation of people in our country

  • shubham.msd on April 19, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvy nice artcle

  • sri1ram on April 19, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    It's all attitude guys. You can see it in MSD's eyes, his demeanor, his responses. Always sincere, frank, cheerful, confident, hard-working and exuding positivity overall. You see few people like MSD around - my two cents, India will cherish him for a long time!

  • on April 19, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    its nice to see to him back with the bang, this will support us to rock in t20 world cup in west indies.... CSK need two wins to get ipl trophy and one win to enter the champions leauge :)

  • McMurdo on April 19, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Dhoni Rocks!!! Has the ability to analyse the game's situation brilliantly and plays accordingly

  • on April 19, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    we ppl will be happy if Dhoni n his men win the t20 World Cup again ! !

  • Rajit on April 19, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Captain Courageous!!! Great Innings from Dhoni.A sunday treat for sure...Wishing him all the best in his career and life in general.

  • Amirth on April 19, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Well done Dhoni. CSK wins u r the main reason and also if they had lost u r the reason. I don't understand where Tyagi fits in the team and Ashwin had done well in the initial overs in two matches and what is the necessity to give Tyagi first over- how many wickets he had taken in this IPL or how many times he had completed his quota of 4 overs - Yesterday becos' of this they had a flying start and poor Jakati could not come before 10 overs to complete his quota - Same thing happened against Delhi when he came as 1 down instead of established Raina and increased the pressure on Raina - I don't understand? Yesterday they shud have brought Badani or Srikkanth instead of Tyagi - atleast our batting will be strenthened - still we have 3 bowlers and 2 all rounders and Raina, Badani can bowl too. Sometimes I feel Dhoni's luck overcomes his blunders , but yesterday he batted very well to give this victory - Surprise Badri too hit at good strike rate in this match.

  • Edassery on April 19, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    This is definitely one hell of a job to finish off and enter semis. What I would really like Dhoni, Raina, Rohit etc is, however, to do similar stuff in the Twenty 20 world cup in West Indies. Most of the time, the post IPL performances for the country itself has been patchy or many opt out citing injuries or personal reasons. Let's not forget that country's cricket is more important than franchise cricket.

    Excellent write up by Jamie though!

  • Vass44 on April 19, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Hostiliy of MS Dhoni is rubbed off!!!!!!!! wot a match

  • on April 19, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    A gem of an innings, never seen such a thrilling match. Dhoni's reaction after the finishing sixer tells all about a motivated player like Dhoni. very proud he is also our national team captain. go on Dnoni win the ipl for chennai. all the best.

  • LAKINGSFAN on April 19, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    People talk about Shivrama Krishnan's commentary. What about Harsha B???,eh. He told it's all but over for CSK when he was doing commentary between 10-15 overs of CSK batting. But he had to eat his words at the end of the match. He vociferously supported KIXP because of Preety Zinta.

  • Rajesh. on April 19, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    M.S. Dhoni may not be technically very good nor is he aesthetically pleasing but he is able to come up with such feats because of his mental resilience...... Dhoni's mind is one of the strongest in the game. And his rare outburst of emotions after hitting the winning runs showed how desperately he wanted this win.... he deserved it.

  • on April 19, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    dhoni is the best limited overs finisher. hope he continues to win under pressure.

  • Kumar_cricket on April 19, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Nice article.Kudos to Dhoni . Lets hope he carries his form from IPL to world 20/20 cup.Team Except Raina , others are completely out of form.

  • on April 19, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    That was GUTSY !!! Nothing more to add...

  • cricket_wins on April 19, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    I am very proud of CSK and MSD, as they have shut all critics up by being the most consistent team in IPL - the only team to make it to semi-finals in all 3 seasons!!!

  • Pathiyal on April 19, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    MSD has always been a professional cricketer and has a very strong character. Many like this Indian skipper not for his batting styles but for his professionalism on and off the field, and his presence of mind and his managerial skills and his shrewdness and his finishing skill and and and ..............(the list is endless). An ideal modern day cricketer.

  • on April 19, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    finally dhobi came through

  • on April 19, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    dhoni go on and win ipl final

  • ashok16 on April 19, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Nice article by Jamie. Dhoni's closing comments were shockingly candid and could well apply to professionals in any field.

  • NishathP on April 19, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    I have never seen dhoni this animated. I guess that reaction suggested how much he stores every emotion inside him. Wonderful innings by captain fantastic!

  • on April 19, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    Jamie should now try his hand at writing bollywood scripts

  • rsp76 on April 19, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Brilliant inning, one of the best in IPL2010 in crunch situation.

  • samy83in on April 18, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    To call someone legendary when one succeeds in one innings and trash him to them dumps for a couple of failures is nothing new to indian cricket for that matter. But really can't say Dhoni got lucky. He has the ability to finish emphatically in such fashion and today was his day. And hats off to Raina though he didn't finish of the innings today he has been very good with chasing big in general. Proves that he plays well under pressure. If he can overcome his weakness against short deliveries he's a bright prospect for india in the shorter formats of the game.

  • lcewarriors on April 18, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Man i was looking for a place to make my point ... first of all let me clarify that i have nothing agaisnt CSK it was a great win .. but on thing i hate is Mr.Shivarama krisnan's commentary ... its absolutely pathetic ... Heavily biased and one sided ... even when DC were playing KXP in dharmashala the other day he was hoping deccan would slip up , so that things would be easy for CSK.. I Know every ones got a fav team and they would cheer for them .. his commentary is so Pro CSK that he tries to make other teams look bad and CSK the best ...He is so bad he makes me wanna watch the match in silence with out commentary ... Hope he's not in the commentary team in the semi final where DC take on CSK ....

  • on April 18, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    this is a so well written ..kudos ..

  • royalg on April 18, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    M.S.Dhoni u r my HEROOOOO !!!!!!!!!!! the day this man played for india i will never forget :D such a tasliment in any team, CAPTAIN COOOLLL, keep up the hardwork MS, india will need it in the world cup :D gud luck to u and the boyzzz

  • Joggernaut on April 18, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    The upper cut that dhoni did to himself would be etched in my memory forever. Fantastic article. Thanks.

  • on April 18, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Look in the picture MS Dhoni and Morky are with His Holiness and the way he took their hands in his hands shows that he gave his aasheervadas to MSD, thus CSK. Definitely, MSD stood between CSK and defeat.

    He played with nerves of steel till CSK banked over after narrowing the gulf between defeat and the berth for semis. But, points table would have been interesting if Punjab had had one more win.

    isn't it?

  • on April 18, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    It is nice to see him bak in the hunt...as raina is chinnai's only lone survival...wanted to see more frm him in the semis:)

  • Vandit_88 on April 18, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    this was a superv innings from MS and his touch has came just at the right time for the super kings.

  • jayaprakaash83 on April 18, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Once again he proved that he's a great finisher and he struck form at the right time... The reaction would have definitely boosted the team morale... This could well be a vital moment for CSK in this IPL to go for the trophy...

  • kool_Indian on April 18, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Awesome - perfect time to get into form - hope he continues and play important knocks in the T20 world cup and win it for India! Cheers!!!

  • on April 18, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    India has seen street smart cricketers in the past but unarguably Dhoni is the smartest of the lot. His innings are calculated and his hitting fearsome. The best thing about him is that he never throws away his wicket. The other team has to work and get him out. I am rooting for a CSK - MI final now.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 18, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    The 1 thing that I admire about Dhoni is his hard work and the fact that he never gives up. I will be frank in saying he looks awkward, often unbalanced and looks really suspect against quality bowling. He is clearly not the most talented or graceful batsman but GOSH HE WORKS HARD . He makes up for his short comings with hard running, strength, fitness, brains and uses his 1 talent well...his good eye. I do think he deserves to have a go in the semis, for his attitude is a good example for all cricketers, especially those who are blessed with more talent than he.

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  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 18, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    The 1 thing that I admire about Dhoni is his hard work and the fact that he never gives up. I will be frank in saying he looks awkward, often unbalanced and looks really suspect against quality bowling. He is clearly not the most talented or graceful batsman but GOSH HE WORKS HARD . He makes up for his short comings with hard running, strength, fitness, brains and uses his 1 talent well...his good eye. I do think he deserves to have a go in the semis, for his attitude is a good example for all cricketers, especially those who are blessed with more talent than he.

  • on April 18, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    India has seen street smart cricketers in the past but unarguably Dhoni is the smartest of the lot. His innings are calculated and his hitting fearsome. The best thing about him is that he never throws away his wicket. The other team has to work and get him out. I am rooting for a CSK - MI final now.

  • kool_Indian on April 18, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Awesome - perfect time to get into form - hope he continues and play important knocks in the T20 world cup and win it for India! Cheers!!!

  • jayaprakaash83 on April 18, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Once again he proved that he's a great finisher and he struck form at the right time... The reaction would have definitely boosted the team morale... This could well be a vital moment for CSK in this IPL to go for the trophy...

  • Vandit_88 on April 18, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    this was a superv innings from MS and his touch has came just at the right time for the super kings.

  • on April 18, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    It is nice to see him bak in the hunt...as raina is chinnai's only lone survival...wanted to see more frm him in the semis:)

  • on April 18, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Look in the picture MS Dhoni and Morky are with His Holiness and the way he took their hands in his hands shows that he gave his aasheervadas to MSD, thus CSK. Definitely, MSD stood between CSK and defeat.

    He played with nerves of steel till CSK banked over after narrowing the gulf between defeat and the berth for semis. But, points table would have been interesting if Punjab had had one more win.

    isn't it?

  • Joggernaut on April 18, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    The upper cut that dhoni did to himself would be etched in my memory forever. Fantastic article. Thanks.

  • royalg on April 18, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    M.S.Dhoni u r my HEROOOOO !!!!!!!!!!! the day this man played for india i will never forget :D such a tasliment in any team, CAPTAIN COOOLLL, keep up the hardwork MS, india will need it in the world cup :D gud luck to u and the boyzzz

  • on April 18, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    this is a so well written ..kudos ..