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  1. When we think about the game of cricket, we think about a game of sheer passion, emotions and even a way of life for some of the fans who are tilted towards the 'crazy' side, which is not something to frown upon. One must have a passion for something in life and cricket, clearly is a popular choice. Take this young boy from Tamil Nadu who cries out a river when his idol, his 'Thala' got dismissed on an objectionable run-out at the hands of fielder Ishan Kishan in the Indian Premier League final against Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians. MS Dhoni run-out! Out or Not out? https://t.co/HW7L7XMx68 — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) May 15, 2019 The fact that the decision was announced on the giant screen inside the stadium after the third umpire reviewed the footage again and again, convincing along the way, all Dhoni supporters thought that their captain just might have made it across the crease. But when the screen showed “OUT” in that big red font, this little man lost his cool and let his emotions get the better of him. Dhoni not out..... 3rd umpire sethuruvan ððð pic.twitter.com/PWXpeUpvps — Siva (@Siva68079003) May 13, 2019 Sitting in his mother's lap, the boy can be seen expressing his emotions. Watching Dhoni walk back towards the dug-out, he curses out at the third umpire, Nigel Llong who, let's just say is not a very popular character ever since he broke a door at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore after getting tired of arguing with Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli. Anyhow, this is what the boy said in Tamil, according to The Times of India: “Third umpire will commit suicide for the wrong decision of the umpire on the ground.” In the background, his mother tries to convince him by saying that the Indian Premier League is scripted and that it was because of “match-fixing” that the third umpire gave the unjust decision for Mahi's wicket. In the defence of the young boy, we are still not 100% sure whether Dhoni was in fact out or not as one camera shows that his bat was well inside the crease when the ball struck the bails off while the second camera shows that Dhoni did not make it to the line in time. Even the adults of social media could not come to a proper conclusion: DHONI WAS NOT OUTð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ — KhushbuSundar â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ (@khushsundar) May 12, 2019 I m Dhoni fan.. But kis angle se ye out ni lg rha bhai?? #IPL2019Final #MIvsCSK pic.twitter.com/ay800A9N5I — Jayâ¡ï¸ (@singh___sahab) May 12, 2019 Dhoni waiting outsude Third Umpire's cabin after he gave him run out#MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/DvATaaS0sr — urstrulyKajalð®ð³ (@BanarasiBasanti) May 12, 2019 Turning Point of d Vivo Ipl 2019..... Dhoni was not out.... ðððð Worst Umpiring Standards.... Hats off to Third Worst Umpire.....Low level Umpiring... Cricketing standards not at it's best.... Club Cricket Umpiring....ðððð pic.twitter.com/Uo1vBRqQVj — Nilesh Khedikar (@NileshKhedikar5) May 12, 2019 TODAY IT IS PROVED THAT MONEY SPEAKS FASTER THAN ANYTHING EVEN DHONI GOT RUN OUT IN FRONT OF MONEY pic.twitter.com/v0Ebr5iOio — Abhishek chicky (@Abhishe14832361) May 12, 2019 #IPL2019Final #GameofThrones Pic 1: Actually see the wicket is already came out a little bit There is no frame in between the 2 frames. So Dhoni must be a little behind Pic 2: This is different camera and frame in between those 2 is available. Therefore Dhoni was run out pic.twitter.com/UVk2VnEEKM — Dr Swamy Fan Club (@Swamybhakt1) May 13, 2019
  2. Whether it's international cricket or T20 leagues, Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs no introduction at all. Over the years, the former Indian skipper has carved his own niche on the back of unorthodox cricketing skills. If his batting might allowed him to earn the tag of one of the world's best finishers, Dhoni's lightning quick glovework left everyone in awe. If that's not enough, his leadership skills have allowed Team India to scale new heights in international cricket. And, even if Virat Kohli has replaced him as India's new captain, Dhoni's know-how of the game has allowed him to still call the shots on the field. But, Dhoni is much more than just a good cricketer. He is a great human being. From paying homage to the tireless ground staff personnel, indulging in charitable work to obliging fans for selfies, there have been so many incidents when Dhoni's humility has been in full display. But, his love and admiration for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans, who worship the Jharkhand cricketer like their own, once again came to the fore during their 80-run triumph over Delhi Capitals (DC) in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). WATCH: Do not mess with MSD's gloves ð¨ð¨ Full video here ð¹ð¹https://t.co/sMOfRRfxfu #CSK pic.twitter.com/KXtcTcxbca — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 2019 Hosting Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chepauk, Chennai amassed a competitive total of 179 runs - that had Dhoni's 22-ball 44 stamping his authority. In reply, the visitors were bundled out for a mere 99 runs following the spin wizardry of Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja who were supported by Dhoni's ninja-like moves behind the stumps. Following their emphatic win which helped them improve their Net Run-rate (NRR), Dhoni spoke about a number of things during the post-match press conference, but like a true leader, he reserved the final part of his victory speech for the CSK fans, who were closely listening to him at the Chepauk stadium. The name #Thala is very special and I'm thankful to the fans for the love bestowed on me ð pic.twitter.com/ZN9VTUe0vM — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 2019 Paying an emotional tribute to the CSK fans, Dhoni said: "I have always said it's very special to get that kind of a nickname. It's a big nickname that they have given me. It feels really special. I didn't realise that it was part of the first CSK song. The way I got accepted and the whole of Tamil Nadu - whenever they see me they don't call my name, they call me 'Thala'. It feels very special and they have always supported not only me but the whole team," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony. The @ChennaiIPL thanking their fans at the #AnbuDen ðð with a victory lap. pic.twitter.com/SRlFHSTzSk — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 2019 If Dhoni's kind words enthralled the fans inside the stadium, his post-match lap of the ground where he distributed autographed tennis balls and T-shirts to the crowd, further had everyone singing his praise. Since it was CSK's last home game this season, the gesture was aimed at thanking the fans for their support. After marking a sensational return last year, Dhoni-led Chennai have arguably been the team to beat in the tournament as they continue to take big strides towards successfully defending their title this season.
  3. If Dhoni belonged to an older time, when the game of cricket was not equipped with the kind of technology that it is today, he would have been considered just an average wicket-keeper who loved to appeal on useless stumpings. Not because he would have been terrible at his job but because his timing and quickness aren't meant for the naked eye to judge. After missing the games against SunRisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians, Mahendra Singh Dhoni returned to the field in the yellow jersey and instantly contributed immensely towards the winning ways of Chennai Super Kings in every manner he possibly could. While playing an unbeaten innings during which he scored 44 off just 22 deliveries while hitting four 4s and three 6s, Mahi helped his side make a 179-run total, and it was his behind-the-wicket skills that stunned the audience, umpires and opponents, alike. Do not mess with MSD's gloves https://t.co/MKb12I658q via @ipl — gujjubhai (@gujjubhai17) May 1, 2019 The action took place in the 12th over when Chris Morris came to the aide of a struggling Delhi Capitals but then Dhoni had other plans for the Proteas all-rounder. With Ravinder Jadeja delivering the first ball to the South African, he missed it by a tad bit, while lifting his back foot for a tiny fraction of a second and that's all Dhoni needed. It took Dhoni all of 0.16 seconds to collect the ball and smash the bails off the stumps followed by a confident appeal to the leg umpire who went to the third umpire without hesitation. After going through the moment frame by frame, the final result was that Morris was indeed out. Two deliveries later, it was MS Dhoni time once again when Capitals skipper, Shreyas Iyer lifted his foot for even a tinier fraction and Dhoni dismissed him in 0.11 seconds. Watching Dhoni put to work his unbelievable reflexes, his fans took to Twitter to show pity towards speed: Speed to Dhoni : pic.twitter.com/MYfbMz64MX — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) May 1, 2019 24 frames per second and one and only frame in which the batsman has his leg in air, MS Dhoni stumps. SKILL BEYOND QUANTUM PHYSICS. pic.twitter.com/W2oZ9Gv6Xl — Neeche Se Topper (@NeecheSeTopper) May 1, 2019 Everyone else : Love is in the air. Dhoni: Foot is in the air ð» #CSKvDC pic.twitter.com/gyfWPV3Uul — D. (@d1ksha_) May 1, 2019 *After 20 years* *A wicket keeper stumps* Dhoni fans: pic.twitter.com/FrXGAMhEg6 — Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 1, 2019 When the batsman lifts his leg for a fraction of a second. 1. Bowler 2. Dhoni pic.twitter.com/h1cvz8mYGP — Sagar (@sagarcasm) May 1, 2019 Dhoni can even stump the almighty God. #CSKvDC pic.twitter.com/uc6qpHmo84 — Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) May 1, 2019 #CSKvDC #Dhoni Thunder God Lightning God pic.twitter.com/EzS5iePRo1 — Sá´É´á´á´á´ (@Sanket_HR) May 1, 2019
  4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly are considered to be two of the most successful skippers of the Indian cricket team, especially in the modern era, when India truly came out to become a giant in the world of the game and in the hearts of its followers. Having said that, the two leaders are completely opposite to each other when it comes to their characteristics and their nature in general. While Dhoni is known to keep his cool even under extremely testing conditions Ganguly was famous for his exceptionally outspoken and energetic attitude. But after the recent incidents of the Indian Premier League matchup between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni's antics have blurred the line between 'Captain Cool' and Dada as the leader of the Men in Blue. On one hand, we have Sourav Ganguly's 17-year-old iconic moment of extreme joy in which the Kolkata-born took off his shirt and swirled it around in celebration of his team's victory against the notorious English team at the Lords Stadium during the 2002 Natwest series. Ashamed of his way of celebrating the win, Ganguly even addressed the incident to journalist Barkha Dutt he said: “Everybody says that it's the most iconic moment. But I wouldn't do it again. My daughter sees it asks why did you do that and I say because I was happy. I came from a very conservative and shy Bengali family. It just happened in the heat of the moment.” On the other hand, someone who was considered to be cool as a cucumber turned out to have a nasty temper. After the umpire's decision to revert from the 'no-ball' call, Dhoni left behind his persona as 'Captain Cool' and demanded an honest answer from the officials as he charged into the field from the dugout, after being ousted by Ben Stokes a delivery before. When MS Dhoni lost his cool Boss..... pic.twitter.com/v4wJ7r98pf — Shakti Solanki (@shaktisolanki00) April 12, 2019 Having said that, people are having a tough time choosing between the two iconic moments of Indian cricket: Ganguly - Shirt wave at Lord's balcony Dhoni - Storming the field at Jaipur Kohli - ??? — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) April 12, 2019 Ganguly's Legendary shirt waving was proud moment which was an answer to Flintoff, While Dhoni storming at field is no GOOD moment Kohli - Showing middle finger to Australian crowd — Harsh Bhatt (@IamH4rshBhatt) April 12, 2019 FYI..Ganguly's shirt wave >>>>> Dhoni storming into field. — rohit ranjan رÙÛت (@rht_ranjan) April 12, 2019 Taking shirt off and running through Oxford Street on 14th of july — Chetan JS (@jschetan) April 12, 2019 Lords — VaiBhAv (@vaibysays) April 12, 2019
  5. In a cricket team, every player owns the ability to become a hero, and in an ace team like Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Deepak Chahar has taken up the responsibility of the same this season. Getting the permanent spot in the playing XI since the very beginning, Chahar has made sure that he owns up to the trust placed in him by his captain 'Not So Cool' MS Dhoni. If you would remember, in the match against Kings XI Punjab, Dhoni gave an earful to the young pacer for opening the 19th over with two consecutive no-balls. Though he went on to bag a wicket later in the over, he did accept that he lost focus for a while and the rebuke by Dhoni surely made him get back on track. View this post on Instagram A record to Cherry-ish and extend! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #RRvCSK ð¦ð A post shared by Chennai Super Kings (@chennaiipl) on Apr 11, 2019 at 5:34am PDT Thankfully, the lad from Agra learnt from his mistakes and made sure that he doesn't repeat them in the game against Rajasthan Royal on 11th April. Bowling with an accurate line and length, Chahar gave away just 25 runs in his spell of four overs along with two crucial wickets of Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane and the ever-dangerous, Ben Stokes. Going for just eight runs in the 19th over, the left-arm medium pacer managed to restrict the scoreboard until Shardul Thakur conceded 18 runs off the last six balls of the first innings. Though the match took a controversial turn at the end, CSK did manage to grab 2 points and maintain their top spot. With that, Chahar also earned the second spot in the race for the Purple Cap with 10 wickets in his kitty along with the best economy rate in the IPL till now. With Dwayne Bravo getting injured a couple of games ago, will Chahar be able to fill in the Windies' shoes by bowling with wisdom and brains in the final overs of CSK's bowling department?
  6. According to a lot of Indian Premier League (IPL) fans Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) are considered to be one of the most uninteresting franchises of the league. Last night's game between Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and RR was seen going the same way after the Royals had the worst batting power play in the 2019 season with an average of 5.25 runs per over. The game, however, turned quickly into more of a reality show drama in the final of the second innings during which a chasing CSK needed eight runs off just three deliveries to win the game. A ball after Dhoni was dismissed by all-rounder Ben Stokes in the final moments of the match, the Super Kings skipper returned to the field and this time with extreme anger taking over his emotions. Why? Well, on the third last delivery of the game, Stokes delivered a full-toss at batsman Mitchell Santner. Almost instantly, Ulhas Gandhe, the umpire at the bowler's end raised him arm to indicate a 'no-ball'. This decision was then overruled by the square-leg umpire, Bruce Oxenford, who believed that the ball was bowled at a legal height and was therefore valid. This is when the former Indian captain rushed past the boundary line from the dugout, demanding an explanation from the on-field umpires on why the decision was overruled, thereby causing a 'Level 2' offence breaching point 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct. When MS Dhoni lost his cool Boss..... pic.twitter.com/v4wJ7r98pf — Shakti Solanki (@shaktisolanki00) April 12, 2019 Admitting to violating the decorum of the game, Dhoni was charged with a fine worth half his match fees. Sure, it was a crucial moment in the game where a 'no-ball' would have made a huge difference in the final result but that did not stop veteran cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle from calling out the unprecedented outburst by 'Captain Cool' in public: Among the firsts for me in today's game was the sight of Dhoni walking out onto the ground. As @MichaelVaughan said on #CricbuzzLIVE it is something he will realise he shouldn't have done. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 11, 2019 Other fans of the game also felt that what Dhoni did would set a wrong precedent for the other captains of the rest of the IPL teams. Just 50% match feesðð It's unacceptable. Similar incidents happen last year #Sayedmustakalitrophy-2018 then Raydu fined for 2 match suspension. It's doesn't matter who you are ð¤@MichaelVaughan @bhogleharsha @cricbuzz #IPL2019 — shishram Ranwað®ð³ (@imsram21) April 12, 2019 Yes Indeed! No one is Above the law. Respect the umpires,Yes they were not having a great time this IPL but they are the boss in the middle ! — Abhijeet Garud (@AbhijeetGarud1) April 11, 2019 Careful. Don't want to lose the commentary gig again given that this Indian team doesn't take too well to criticism. — Rooshabh Doshi (@doshmeisterr) April 11, 2019 Dhoni got off lightly with only a fine after his pitch invasion last night. There are some things you NEVER do. And we must all hope that it never happens again — Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) April 12, 2019 Umpire decision is final, whether it's right or wrong. No player has the right to question him. Be it dhoni or sachin or virat.! Dhoni is a player. Not bigger than the game.! He was behaving like a school kid by coming in the ground. Totally unacceptable #RRvCSK #IPLT20 #RRvCSK pic.twitter.com/HeMdSX3bKV — Chowkidar Abhishek Agarwal (@Abhishek_0055) April 11, 2019 Having said that, the game still went in favour of the Ranchi-born as Santner finished the game in great style, sending the final ball of the game over the boundary for a six to win it all. This victory also made 'Thala' the first captain to register 100 wins in IPL. MS Dhoni is the first player to win 100 IPL games as a captain.@msdhoni #IPL #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/SvYDPn7EXF — Õáâââ âá®ÕÕáââ (@ImSaDii) April 12, 2019 CSK are now atop the points table of the league winning six of seven games played by the 'Whistle Podu' team in the twelfth season.
  7. For someone who was labelled by MS Dhoni as his potential successor, Rishabh Pant has struggled to live up to the hype in the recent opportunities he got. While his wicket-keeping skills are still a work in progress, Pant's batting, where he failed to build on his stats, had attracted a lot of criticism. But, on 24th March, the dashing left-hander silenced everyone by playing one of the most exciting knocks in T20 cricket. Carrying the baton for a new-look Delhi Capitals (DC), Pant smoked an unbeaten 27-ball 78 to power his team to a mammoth 213-run total against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) clash. Coming out to bat, with his side looking to surge ahead at 112/3, the 21-year-old went about his business in the usual unorthodox manner. For someone who smacked his second ball in international cricket (Test debut against England last year) for a six, Pant took no time to settle at the crease as he began clobbering the Mumbai attack all around the park, with his best shot being a helicopter-flick off Jasprit Bumrah's yorker. © Twitter/@IPL He notched up his fifty in just 18 deliveries and surpassed his idol Dhoni who had achieved the feat against Mumbai in 20 balls back in 2012. Pant's half-century was also the third-fastest fifty in the IPL. KL Rahul currently leads the list of fastest fifty in the IPL, having reached the mark in 14 deliveries last season. Sunil Narine and Yusuf Pathan share the second spot with their fifties coming in 15 balls. Pant's blistering knock was decorated with seven fours and as many sixes, while his strike-rate of over 288 speaks about his big-hitting. To put things in perspective, Delhi's run-rate was 8.61 when Pant came out to bat, and by the time he was done (end of the innings), his side had surged to a run-rate of 10.65. © Twitter/@IPL In reply, Yuvraj Singh's valiant fifty kept Mumbai in the hunt (for a while) and Krunal Pandya, too, chipped in with a 15-ball 32. But, the three-time IPL champions just couldn't break the first-match jinx, losing the contest by 37 runs - an opening game defeat for seventh season in a row. For a man who was recently getting slammed for his exploits on the field, Pant's blazing knock served a stark reminder to his critics that he's here to stay. Just Wow from Pant ! — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 24, 2019 Only one word for Rishabh Pant today. Wow. The sixes were exquisite but the boundary to get to 50 was simply special. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 24, 2019 It was nothing short of breathtaking that from Pant! Two shots off Bumrah were just pure gold. ððððð#MIvDC #IPL2019 — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 24, 2019 Rishabh Pant is a serious player !!! — Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) March 24, 2019 Just how good is Rishabh Pant. And yes, he's worth investing in. #MIvDC #IPL — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 24, 2019 If it was Andrew Russell at Eden, it is Rishabh Pant at Wankhade. Mind-blowing stuff from both these lads. As much as Death bowlers, these extremely talented strikers of the ball at the death need to be tagged as 'Death Batters' #MIvDC #KKRvSRH — Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) March 24, 2019 Wow u r amazing Mr pant what a knock champion ðððð @RishabPant777 @DelhiCapitals @IPL — Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) March 24, 2019
  8. Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs no introduction to cricket. If great Sachin Tendulkar is deemed god of the sport, then Dhoni will always be remembered as the greatest contributor to Indian cricket. Over the years, we have witnessed Dhoni flourishing in different roles. Whether it's his leadership skills, lightening quick glovework or finishing abilities, Dhoni has successfully managed to do it all. And, while age might be catching up on him and he may no longer be the finisher he once was, Dhoni, even now, has no match when it comes to understanding the game and taking key decisions that tends to aid his team more often, than not. In the last two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Australia at home, Dhoni's absence was heavily felt, not just behind the stumps, but also on the field. Virat Kohli-led India failed to read the conditions on both the occasions that eventually saw them bottling a 2-0 lead to eventually losing the five-match ODI series 3-2. The opening match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed something similar and, once again, showed how important Dhoni is for his team. Ahead of the match, while Kohli decided to go for two spinners and three pace bowlers, Dhoni read the pitch down to the core before including an all-out spin attack. Twitter/@IPL He raised a few eyebrows by picking a playing XI that included veteran Harbhajan Singh who took just seven wickets in 13 games last season. Dhoni also had Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja in the line-up with the likes of Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav more than capable of chipping in with their spin bowling. In fact, the CSK skipper appeared so convinced in his spinners that he dropped an extra batsman in Faf du Plessis and went with just three overseas players into the opening match. At the toss, Dhoni claimed: "We have played a few practice games and it looks slightly on the slower side. We are not sure about the wicket, so we are not sure which target to set". But, knowing someone as shrewd a tactician as Dhoni, you'd agree that he was probably bluffing while holding all the right cards in his hands. And, as expected, Dhoni's masterstroke of playing a spin-heavy bowling attack paid off big time. Starting off with Deepak Chahar, both the teams got to know that it wasn't going to be an ideal run-fest you'd expect from an opener. Sensing that the ball wasn't coming onto the bat, Dhoni introduced spin right from the second over, tossing the ball to Bhajji. For a man who took his last T20 wicket against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on 11th May last year, the CSK offie caused all sorts of problems to the RCB batting line-up. Twitter/@IPL He struck in his second over to get rid of destructive Kohli who picked Ravindra Jadeja in the deep after scoring six runs off 12 deliveries. In his next over, Harbhajan sent Moeen Ali packing after his clever variation resulted in a simple caught and bowled dismissal. His final over began with frustration as Tahir dropped AB de Villiers at deep square leg, but Harbhajan got his man on the very next delivery - thanks to a brilliant diving catch by Jadeja. Dhoni's decision to bowl Harbhajan out resulted in three key wickets - Kohli, De Villiers and Ali, apart from IPL debutant Shimron Hetmyer's run-out which also came in the same over. He did the same with Chahar from the other end before giving Jadeja and Tahir full four-over spells, banking on them to finish off the visitors before bringing on the fast bowlers in the death overs as a contingency plan. But, the fast bowlers weren't really needed as Tahir and Jadeja ran through RCB's middle-order like knife on butter. While Tahir struck in his first over to get rid of Shivam Dube, Jadeja followed in the South African's footsteps by sending Colin de Grandhomme packing in the 11th over. Twitter/@IPL Smelling blood, Tahir got excited when his googly trapped Navdeep Saini right in the front. The on-field umpire had initially ruled the RCB batsman not out, but a DRS review for the LBW eventually led to the batsman getting the marching orders for caught behind - something only Dhoni can pull off. While the replays showed Saini getting struck outside the line of the off stump, it also highlighted a faint inside edge that had eventually lobbed towards Shane Watson at first slip. Tahir made Yuzvendra Chahal his third victim of the night after getting him out caught at deep square leg in the 14th over. The next over saw Jadeja getting excited for a potential LBW and, despite knowing the outcome, Dhoni, just to prove Jaddu wrong, called for a review. The replays showed Dhoni telling the bowler what he thought of the appeal and the result was exactly what the 'DRS king' had predicted: not out. After being embarrassed on the giant screen, Jadeja, eventually, got his second wicket after rattling Umesh Yadav's off stump in the 17th over. The services of Dwayne Bravo were finally used in the 18th over (for just one ball to be precise) where he dismissed lone warrior Parthiv Patel to help CSK bowl RCB out for a mere 70 runs - the sixth-lowest total in tournament's history. Twitter/@IPL At the end of it all, Dhoni's spin-heavy attack had resulted in impressive bowling figures of Harbhajan (3-20), Tahir (3-9) and Jadeja (2-15). A total of eight wickets fell to the CSK spinners - the joint-most in the IPL. Chennai ended up equalling their own record. Their spinners had taken eight wickets against now-defunct Deccan Chargers in 2012. While Harbhajan was eventually adjudged the 'Man of the Match' - his first in four years, it was undeniably Dhoni the tactician whose masterstrokes ensured Chennai remained unbeaten at Chepauk against Kohli-led RCB in over a decade.
  9. For someone who was mocked as an old warhorse and heavily criticised for his exploits on the field, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his critics eat their own words on the back of a 'Man of the Series performance' that allowed Team India to script the historic ODI series win in Australia. Thriving in his new role as a sheet anchor, Dhoni continued to impress in the series to follow. In fact, his absence in the last two ODI against Australia was one of the pivotal reasons why India ended up throwing away their 2-0 lead to eventually lose the five-match series 3-2. Whether it's his batting, wicket-keeping or impeccable know-how of the game, Dhoni remains an asset that will undeniably bolster any side he plays for. And, as the cricketers gear up to shed their national colours to pledge allegiance to their respective franchises, the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set for a cracking opening clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 23rd March. Dhoni, Dhoni, @msdhoni or Kohli, Kohli, @imVkohli? We can't wait for this battle of the greats. Match 1 of #VIVOIPL between @ChennaiIPL and @RCBTweets #GameBanayegaName pic.twitter.com/4ZzvAtZ8fa — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 14, 2019 With the IPL opener pitting two of the biggest names in cricket - Dhoni and Virat Kohli - against each other, the RCB and its captain faces a major roadblock in the Jharkhand cricketer whose Herculean stats can undoubtedly spoil the party for the Bangalore-based franchise. A key player for CSK, Dhoni has played 175 matches in the IPL so far. He is only second, behind his teammate Suresh Raina, in the list of most games played by a cricketer in the history of India's cash-rich T20 tournament. Out of the 159 games, where he led CSK, Dhoni has managed to win 94 matches - most by any captain in the IPL. His winning rate of 59.49 is another key factor that shows his leadership skills. He is only behind Steve Smith who boasts of a brilliant winning rate of 66.6 to lead the charts in the IPL. Dhoni's winning rate is one of the biggest reasons why Chennai has managed to win the IPL title on three occasions - the joint most in the T20 tournament alongside Mumbai Indians. © Instagram/IPL On the other hand, Dhoni is also one of the three captains to have won multiple IPL trophies as captain with the same franchise. He achieved the feat last season after guiding CSK to the 2018 IPL title. Dhoni had earlier won the title with CSK in 2010 and 2011. He is joined by Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma - who won the IPL titles with Kolkata Knight Riders (in 2012 & 2014) and Mumbai Indians (in 2013, 2015 & 2017) respectively - in the elite list. But, if you thought Dhoni's milestones with his team are amazing, wait till you hear about his personal achievements. A proven leader for CSK in the IPL, Dhoni's individual feats are second to none. The former Indian captain is currently placed second in the list of most runs scored by a CSK player, only behind Raina, in the tournament. In the overall list, Dhoni stands at the seventh spot. © Instagram/IPL When it comes to hitting big, Dhoni also holds the record of most sixes by an Indian player in the tournament. With 186 sixes to his name, Dhoni is only behind Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers who have slammed 292 and 187 maximums respectively. In the wicket-keeping department, Dhoni has effected 116 dismissals so far in the IPL. He is second only to Dinesh Karthik who has 124 dismissals to his name from behind the stumps. While Dhoni's stats in the tournament undoubtedly make him a key player, Chennai will still need to be at their prolific best if they intend to carry on their winning momentum from last season when they lock horns with Kohli-led RCB at the MA Chidambaram stadium this Saturday.
  10. It has been less than a month since the unfortunate terror attack backed by the terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, enraged the entire nation as it claimed the lives of more than 40 brave CRPF jawans in the most gruesome manner with their children orphaned and their wives widowed in an instant. The whole country has been in mourning and have been trying to show their love and respect for the brave soldiers and their families however they can. The Indian cricket team did their best to do the same last week when former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni distributed camouflage caps with the symbol of Indian cricket at the centre, ahead of the third ODI against Australia in his hometown of Ranchi. The Men in Blue donned the unusual-looking caps the entire game in order to honour the martyrs of the infamous attack. #TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/fvFxHG20vi — BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019 "#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces. And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind," the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) tweeted ahead of the match. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board strongly feels these actions taken by MSD and the BCCI are wrong and have led to a loss of credibility in the cricketing world. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said he has "strongly taken up the matter with the ICC." "There's absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position," Mani said in a press conference last weekend in Karachi. "We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their [India] credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly." That's not all as the Pakistan Information ministry, held by Fawad Chaudhry, even urged the International Cricket Council to ban BCCI and the Men in Blue from international cricket for combining sports and politics. As a response to the bold statements by the PCB, ICC spokesperson Claire Furlong let The Associated Press know about their stand on the whole issue via email. "The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted," she wrote. Now, we agree that sports and politics should be kept miles away from each other. Over the years there have been numerous incidents where politicising a game or an athletic meet has led to adverse results for the sporting world. But the BCCI's idea to pay homage to the nation's brave soldiers cannot be deemed as politically motivated. Athletes wearing camouflage caps is in no way trying to demean or insult the cricketers of our neighbours, nor were we trying to get some kind of upper hand in the international scenario against the PCB.
  11. There will never be another Mahendra Singh Dhoni and with all the love for Virat Kohli's captaincy, there will never be another captain to lead a team and a nation with millions of crazy cricket fans in such a calm yet explosive manner than Mahi, himself. His humility and humbleness, even though he has all the money in the world, continues to surprise and move us emotionally. He is basically living an amplified life of a common man. By that, we mean that no matter how rich and famous he gets, no matter how big of a legend he will become down the memory lane, 'Mahi Bhai' chooses to live his life like an average human being, without any qualms. Take for example the fact that he personally came to the Ranchi airport a couple of days ago to greet and collect his teammates Rishabh Pant and Kedar Jadhav. While he did that in his super expensive Hummer H2, we can't say that 'someone like Kohli would have done the same', with a lot of confidence. View this post on Instagram ♥ï¸♥ï¸♥ï¸ A post shared by Team Indiað®ð³ (@indiancricketteam7) on Mar 6, 2019 at 2:02am PST MSD also hosted the entire Indian cricket team (including the coaching staff) for a giant dinner party at his Ranchi residence. Such is the humbleness of the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman of the Men In Blue. Dinner at Thala's home#Dhoni #MSDhoni #CSK #Tamil #Tamilnadu #Chennai @ChennaiIPL . Follow ð@dhonicsk_7 pic.twitter.com/HDBRkyPMVI — Chennai Super kings (@dhonicsk_7) March 7, 2019 'But he is just a man,' is the saying that comes to mind as we have seen the former captain's beard turn grey with time, age, experience and wisdom. Not today but soon enough, Dhoni will hang his boots and keep his bat in the corner of a dark room for the last time and never return to cricket as a player. As for the people who belong to his hometown, Ranchi, today's game might just be the last time they get to become a part of Dhoni's (more often than not) thunderous batting innings at home and the fans have begun to realise it. Taking to Twitter, these believers of Dhoni are paying their regards and thanks to the star for his years and years of excellent service: Dhoni's last ODI match in Ranchi. I am getting a feeling it is going to be an MS Show on 8th March 2019. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/sekbl5hClM — Mohit Raj (@_MohitRaj) March 6, 2019 Dhoni's last match in blue , at his hometown . Let that sink in ð#INDvAUS — ... (@_TheSolitario) March 7, 2019 3rd ODI: India eyeing to take an unassailable 3-0 lead which is likely to be Dhoni's last match at homehttps://t.co/GgVMcNEG39#XtraTime #MSDhoni #ViratKohli #INDvAUS #Cricket pic.twitter.com/l49ebtK0ky — XtraTime (@greymind43) March 7, 2019 #Dhoni will play last international match in his home town Ranchi tomorrow... In last 3 decades players born in big cities led Indian team but not #Dhoni... Truly outstanding ð#Azhar-Hyderabad #Tendulkar-Mumbai#Ganguly-Kolkata#Dravid-Bangalore#Kumble-Bangalore#Kohli-Delhi — Irshad (@Irshad_8055) March 7, 2019 India won the match but don't forget that probably it would be Dhoni's last ODI series in Indiað¢#INDvsAUS #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/QdBYydGgHL — Kamal Sharma (@kamal25_sharma) March 2, 2019 Tomorrow in a Ceremony , A Stand will be named after @msdhoni in JSCA Stadium , Ranchi. Who knows this might be the last Match of #MSDhoni playing for #TeamIndia in his Home Ground Ranchi , Jharkhand.#INDvAUS #Dhoni #AUSvIND #IndVsAus #MSD #AUSvsIND pic.twitter.com/YNqhlHqsii — Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) March 6, 2019
  12. For a man who has helped his country scale new heights in international cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to be an asset that any team wouldn't hesitate to add to their line-up. Whether it's his captaincy, batting skills or mighty quick glovework, Dhoni has a knack of finding unique ways to aid the Indian cricket team. The Jharkhand cricketer may no longer be the captain, but such has been his experience and know-how of the game, that Virat Kohli is often seen seeking his help in setting up the field and the bowlers continue to thrive under his guidance from behind the stumps. While a former and current captain might find it difficult to get along, Kohli and Dhoni continue to share mutual respect and admiration as their close bond aims to take Indian cricket to greater achievements. © AP Dhoni's impeccable knowledge of the game and his camaraderie with Kohli were both in full display during the 2nd Twenty20 International (T20I) at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. The duo was seen forging a vital 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket that allowed India to post a competitive total of 190 runs. While Kohli slammed a blistering 38-ball 72 (including two fours and six sixes), Dhoni, too, looked in sublime touch during his 23-ball 40 which was decorated with three fours and as many sixes. The camaraderie that this duo share ð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/zw837vxHGj — BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2019 If their batting partnership aided India in a crucial situation, their camaraderie during Australia's chase elated the home fans. In a brief video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli can be seen gesturing towards Dhoni after a dismissal which was probably affected by the latter's inputs. While India lost the match and eventually the two-match T20I series, the camaraderie between Kohli and Dhoni surely cheered up the home fans. #MahiRatððððððððð — â¤TomKiJerryâ¤ð (@isrodivya) February 27, 2019 Favourite duo⨠#Mahirat @msdhoni @imVkohli — Savvvi.ð« (@ImSavvvi21) February 27, 2019 30 years old Kiddo n his Mahi bhai ðð#Mahirat ⤠— Sanaað¥ (@Bepannaaholic) February 28, 2019 DHONI MASTERMIND — ADITHYA (@ADITHYA26743475) February 27, 2019 dhonis idea .. — Salmanâ³ (@Salmancaprico) February 27, 2019 Thala Dhonið¥ð¥ — HBD HULK ðMR.Whiteð CSK ð (@RajeshOyite_) February 27, 2019
  13. Yes, the Indian cricket team lost the two-match T20I series against the visiting Aussies and yes, it is for the first time in 40 months that the Men in Blue have lost a series on their own soil. It's just one of those things you can't and mustn't complain about. This is where the sportsman spirit steps in: to be equally content in wins and losses. Major props to Glenn Maxwell who delivered under extreme pressure to seal the deal for the Australia cricket team and also made a case for himself before the selections of the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 as he scored an unbelievable 119 off just 55 deliveries. But we are here to talk about 'Thala' himself! Mahendra Singh Dhoni, at 37 years of age continues to show the batting and fitness abilities of a 25-year-old athlete. Flexible Dhoni â¤ð¥ 2.14m ðpic.twitter.com/fTnSwULGTP — Ponraj (@goking2000) February 28, 2019 In the 11th over of Team India's innings, Dhoni went of out the crease to try and hit a big one but Adam Zampa's delivery went on to be wide, completely out of the Indian batsman's range. His wicket-keeping instincts quickly took over as he extended his right leg for an astonishing 2.14 metres to get inside the line to avoid being stumped by Australian keeper Peter Handscomb. The third umpire gave a decision in favour of the batsman as the replay showed that Dhoni was too quick and well inside the crease for Handscomb to knock the bails off. Mahi had shown off his flexibility once before as well in a match against New Zealand in November 2017. Notout-Aasaanð Never Easy To Stump The King Of Stumpings, MS Dhoni. ðð®ð³#INDvNZ #INDvsNZ #Dhoni #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/uqU3Fa9byR — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) November 4, 2017 Dhoni played a brilliant innings in the second T20I after facing a lot of flak for his strategic yet slow batting in the first match which was advocated by elite cricketers like Maxwell himself. Forming a solid partnership with Indian skipper Virat Kohli was dismissed scoring just a single, Mahi gathered a much-needed 44 in just 22 balls and it was as if the number of Dhoni haters suddenly dropped to zero. What a split , reason y u should stretch every day #dhoni#AUSvIND — AravindanK (@AravindanK10) February 27, 2019 Dhoni gives another meme material with that full split ð#INDvAUS — Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) February 27, 2019 Some common examples of elastic materials: Rubber, Dhoni ð#INDvAUS #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/ud9fNReyOL — Anupam ð (@Anupam183) February 27, 2019 Plz never Retire MS DHONI â¤pic.twitter.com/MATMhgHZKv — ð®ð³ (@Iamharry007) February 27, 2019 When #Dhoni Troll Australian bowler and keeper Thala For a Reason ....sheer Genius pic.twitter.com/QO6SIZKK4g — lÉsıÉÉ pÇɯÉÉ¥oɯ (@Miracleboyz7) February 27, 2019 Haters ððððððð#Dhoni pic.twitter.com/44esO2bAtn — Dhoni Nani (@DhoniNani544) February 27, 2019
  14. As the Indian cricket team continues their dominant run overseas this year, there has been no shortage of excitement or entertainment for the fans back home. From brilliant batting performances, majestic bowling displays to electric fielding efforts, the Indian cricket team has produced memorable moments for their fans to cheer for. But, if the cricketing action has left everyone wanting for more, the funny incidents on the field seems to have further enticed the fans. And, in the recent games, no other cricketer has struck a chord with the Indian fans than the camaraderie between MS Dhoni and Yuzvendra Chahal. © BCCL While Dhoni has been a livewire behind the stumps, Chahal appears to be thriving in a new role where he is seen hosting his own chat show 'Chahal TV'. The duo was once again in the mix as Dhoni was caught on the stump-mic giving his piece of mind to Chahal on the field. During the fifth ODI against New Zealand, Chahal was busy making field placements when Dhoni lost his cool. Watching the bowler making one too many changes in the field, Dhoni was heard saying: "Phekne de isko. Muralitharan se jyada fielding mein usko (Chahal) farak padta hai". The rough translation would be: "Let him bowl! He is more bothered than (Muttiah) Muralitharan when it comes to field placements". MSD to kuldeep yadav Muralidharan se jyada fark to fielding mi tujhe padta hain #MSDhoni #KuldeepYadav #NZvIND #MSDian pic.twitter.com/xUzukHAdmx — adarsh kumar (@adarshk06684881) February 4, 2019 While Chahal quickly got back to bowling, Dhoni's hilarious taunt left Kuldeep Yadav (who came on as a substitute fielder) in splits. Later, the Indian team finished off the game with a 35-run win and recorded an emphatic 4-1 win in the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series.
  15. After not being a part of the playing XI for two ODIs against New Zealand, which led to some of his fans speculate his surprise WWE Royal Rumble appearance this year, MS Dhoni was back with the squad to play the fifth and final match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington after healing from a hamstring injury. In the former skipper's absence, the team had suffered a massive blow in the fourth ODI in Hamilton when the batting order completely imploded leading to one of the worst batting performances by the Men in Blue, in the history of Indian cricket as they were wrapped up at 92 runs, total. On making his return though, it felt as if Dhoni had never left the team as he continued to read the rival batsman's posture and coached the bowlers accordingly from behind the stumps in his usual loud-mouthed manner as we saw in the first ODI as well when the keeper helped spinner Kuldeep Yadav bag Trent Boult's wicket to end the Kiwis' innings. We have come to terms with the fact that every game MS Dhoni plays will have a special 'MS Dhoni Highlight'. In Wellington too, arguably the best wicket keeper of our time, Dhoni had a highlight all to his own when he ran out New Zealand's middle order batsman, James Neesham. Ms dhoni 10years challenge ð¥ð#Dhoni #MSDhoni #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/FLPOcPFqEc — Lachu (@Msdlachu) February 3, 2019 As the entire team cried loud for an LBW appeal on a Kedar Jadhav delivery, a distracted Neesham moved out of the crease for a split second and that's when MS Dhoni capitalised as he threw the ball directly at the stumps to take the Kiwi's wicket. The real fun, however, began once the match was over and the Indian side won the series 4-1, when the International Cricket Council (ICC) replied to Japanese artist Yoko Ono's life-advice seeking tweet with probably the best response from the 2000+ response long thread. Never leave your crease with MS Dhoni behind the stumps! https://t.co/RoUp4iMpX6 — ICC (@ICC) February 3, 2019 With a brilliant sportsmanship, James Neesham also responded to the tweet: Thanks for all the advice. Figure out where the ball is, then run. Gotcha ð — Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) February 3, 2019 After winning their 9th bilateral ODI series since the 2017 Champions Trophy, India look ready to for a three-game T20I series against New Zealand starting 6th February 2019.
  16. After securing an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, the Indian team management focussed on testing their bench strength in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on 31st January. With Virat Kohli rested for the remainder of the tour, the No. 3 spot was occupied by young Shubman Gill who was eager to make a mark on his debut. MS Dhoni's fitness continued to be an issue, allowing Dinesh Karthik to carry out the wicket-keeping duties. And, Mohammed Shami paved way for Khaleel Ahmed to feature in his first game on this tour. With the series sealed, there was not much for India to lose and trying out different combinations made sense in the wake of the ICC World Cup in England in May. On the other hand, the hosts, who were comprehensively humbled in almost all facets of the game earlier, were eager to restore some pride going into the fourth ODI. But, what eventually unfolded at the Seddon Park was neither predicted, nor imagined by cricket pundits, fans or even the hosts themselves. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS Asked to bat first, the high-flying Indian batting line-up was given a reality check by New Zealand's swing sensation Trent Boult. Recording sensational figures of 5-21, the 29-year-old ran through the Indian batting order to ensure they were bundled out for a paltry total of 92 runs. It all began in the sixth over when Boult trapped Shikhar Dhawan (13) in front of the stumps to hand the visitors an early blow. In his next over, Boult sent Dhawan's opening partner Rohit Sharma (7) back into the hut with a caught and bowled effort. While Boult was breathing fire at one end - hitting young Shubman on the head once, Colin de Grandhomme struck twice - dismissing Ambati Rayudu (0) and Dinesh Karthik (0) - in his first over. But, Boult wasn't done as he struck again to dismiss Shubman with his second caught and bowled effort to push India on the backfoot at 33/5 in 12 overs. Kedar Jadhav (1) became his next victim after a steaming in-swinger had the Indian batsman in trouble right in front of the stumps. Hardik Pandya (16) tried to hold fort for his side, but he couldn't stop a rampant Boult from bagging a five-for when the left-arm seamer forced an edge off the Indian batsman through to the wicket-keeper. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS Only four Indian batsmen managed to score in double digits, while the remaining seven couldn't even score 10. Two of the Indian batsmen failed to open their account. And, the fact that Yuzvendra Chahal (18*) emerged as the top-scorer pretty much sums up India's outing with the willow. The conditions at the Seddon Park were conducive to swing and the pitch further provided assistance to the fast bowlers, making life difficult for the batsmen, which probably explains why India lost all of their so-called specialist batsmen by the 14th over, reeling at 35/6. But, what was really surprising and equally frustrating for the Indian fans was the fact that none of the experienced campaigner showed maturity to hang in there and see through troublesome times - a job that Dhoni manages to pull off more often, than not. Dhoni, over the years, has quietly gone about his business, bolstering the Indian middle-order. While most of the players in the world, like the Indian batsmen in this case, panic with the wicket tumbling at one end, Dhoni's calm and composed approach has allowed him to soak up the pressure and strike when the time's right - something that eluded India today. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS On the other hand, at a time when boundaries were hard to come by and opposition bowlers were wreaking havoc, none of the Indian batsmen, unlike Dhoni, showed maturity to just rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. Dhoni also allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the wicket at one end, playing the role of a sheet anchor - a role, sadly, no one was prepared for today. Maybe if one or, maybe, two batsmen had stuck in, Indian bowlers would've had some cushion to play with. But, it wasn't meant to be. India's dream of securing a 4-0 lead - what would have been the biggest series win (across formats) in their 52 years of touring New Zealand - crashed as the hosts chased down the below-par score with eight wickets and 212 balls to spare. While it was undoubtedly a much-needed reality check for India, the middle-order collapse endured by the visiting side once again highlighted how important Dhoni's presence is in the team. Dhoni's fitness concerns had excluded him from the game, but, still, his teammates could have surely taken some lessons from his past performances as to how to go about the business in such pressure situations.
  17. Yes, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) asked the Indian fans to vote for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to make an appearance in the show's iconic pay-per-view, the Royal Rumble. The Rumble is one of the most watched and loved events of WWE's calendar year and is known for bringing in the 'who's who' of the business to the organisation or help the legends of the show that were out due to injuries or bad run with the crowd, make a comeback. However, this year, WWE tried to make something a lot bigger happen, especially for the millions and MILLIONS ('The Rock' reference) of their Indian fans, by putting up a vote to call Indian cricket team's MS Dhoni to make a Royal Rumble appearance this year. - Countdown to 1ï¸â£0ï¸â£ - Cue the music ð¶ - Surprise entry to the rumble... @msdhoni India, do you want to see our very own Mahi enter the #RoyalRumble match this Monday? — WWE (@WWEIndia) January 23, 2019 This innovative social media stunt follows a tweet uploaded by WWE superstar Paul Heyman who is the manager and spokesperson for wrestler, Brock Lesnar. The viral tweet was a 'not so subtle' jab at Cricket World Cup by Paul Heyman who jokingly asked for royalties as the former paraphrased his tagline 'Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat' which he uses to promote Lesnar. My most (in)sincere compliments to @cricketworldcup for promoting the amazing @msdhoni by paraphrasing my mantra for @WWE #UniversalChampion @BrockLesnar #EatSleepConquerRepeat. Our royalties may be paid in cash, check, stock or cryptocurrency. https://t.co/sGtIALzso1 — Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) January 18, 2019 Obviously, this was an attempt to promote the 2019 Royal Rumble in India which took place on Sunday evening and WWE seems to have struck the right chord with the Indian audience who not only voted but also replied with some hilarious tweets: @msdhoni is more of a bigger name than any wwe wrestler... He is worshiped by the millions & millions of his Fan Believe that..coz that's the bottom line..... — Sanjeev Jaiswal (@sj0007) January 25, 2019 WWE and heyman talking about Mahi is the best thing on Twitter ð — ACHIN (@achin_17) January 25, 2019 YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ðð»ð #MSDhoni KING'S of KING ð — à¥¤à¥¤ à¤à¤¦à¤¿à¤¤à¥à¤¯ राà¤à¥¤à¥¤ ð®ð³ (@imAditya_R) January 25, 2019 @WWE one treat for sure you will get if it happens ð 130 Crore population of ð®ð³ will turn their T.V sets on for #RoyalRumble and you can guess now how "Super Duper Hit" this show will be with such a big television ratings ðð@WWEUniverse #MSDhoni — Aryan Saini (@MeGreatAryan) January 25, 2019 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES, yha bhi maahi marega — Praveen Sachan (@Praveen30587488) January 25, 2019
  18. If someday, the important people at the International Cricket Council (ICC) do decide to name the Decision Review System (DRS) after a player, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's name would be the number one recommendation on their list. Ever since the concept of challenging the umpire's call was actualised in cricket, MS Dhoni has used it to the greatest advantage of whatever team he has played for, be it the Indian cricket team or the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Here are the top 5 moments where Dhoni proved his genius: 1. LBW Call Against Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq - Asia Cup 2018 (23/09/2018) During the Asia Cup 2018 Super Four matchup between India and Pakistan, when spinner Yuzvendra Chahal tricked Pakistani opener Imam-ul-Haq for a leg-before, the umpire seemed uninterested in the bowler's appeal. Dhoni instantly nodded at the then captain Rohit Sharma for a review to which Sharma instantly agreed. pic.twitter.com/47H8ktlOPf — CricBoll (@mycricboll) September 23, 2018 As the third umpire took a closer look, it was evident that the ball was pitched in-line, made an impact in-line and was, in fact, hitting the wickets. The next thing you know is the umpire reversing his decision and raising his finger in favour of the keeper's call. 2. Challenging LBW Call Against England - 3rd ODI At Headingley Stadium, Leeds (17/07/2018) After losing the toss, Virat Kohli's side was forced to bat first. With the half of the team wrapped up at 158 runs, it was Dhoni's turn to take the crease. After spinner Adil Rashid sent the skipper and Suresh Raina packing in the 31st over, it was Moeen Ali's turn to shock Dhoni with a beauty in the 32nd for an LBW appeal. As soon as the umpire agreed to Ali's call, Dhoni went for the DRS. The same crowd cheered after DRS(Dhoni review system), who had jeered him at Lord's. Finisher in need is DHONI indeed.#HypocriticalLove #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/9HoVBaBqMI — The Accidental Journalist (@joBless_God) July 17, 2018 While the ball was pitched at the right place and landed in-line too, the genius of Dhoni quickly led him to calculate that it has bounced too high and would miss the stumps by a lot. And that was exactly what had happened. 3. Eoin Morgan's Caught Behind Vs England - 1st ODI At MCA Stadium, Pune (15/01/2017) After winning the toss, India decided to bowl first and thanks for some brilliant performances by Englishmen Joe Root, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes, England was able to establish a huge total of 350 runs. Believe it or not, it could have been worse if MS Dhoni had not called for a review on this catch on a Hardik Pandya delivery against the skipper Eoin Morgan. MS Dhoni gets the DRS call Bang on! https://t.co/b181Dg9xp0 — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) January 24, 2019 While on Pandya's appeal after Dhoni's excellent catch, the umpire immediately said “no”, Dhoni was certain that Morgan had to go. As soon as the keeper called for a review, Kohli obliged and the review went upstairs. With audio-inspection and slow motion, the third umpire was finally able to see what Dhoni saw with his naked eyes asked Morgan to go back to the locker room. 4. Saving Yuvraj Singh Vs England At Barabati Stadium, Cuttack (19/01/2017) One of the best Indian partnerships could have been missed out on if it wasn't for Dhoni's supernatural vision. During the second ODI match between India and England early in 2017, Yuvraj Singh was asked to go on a caught behind decision by the umpire. Everyone on the field, including Yuvraj Singh himself, believed that he was out but Dhoni asked for a review even before the umpire made up his mind in favour of the bowler. Decision Review System or Dhoni review system? https://t.co/hy8A2YXCgF — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) January 24, 2019 Upon checking out the footage in slow motion, it was seen that after the ball touch Singh's bat, it went on to bounce once before keeper Jos Buttler caught it. Once the umpire reversed his decision, Singh went on to score 150 while Dhoni scored 134. 5. Chris Lynn's Catch At Slip - CSK Vs KKR at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (03/05/2018) In the first over the innings, when Lungi Ngidi appealed for KKR opener Chris Lynn's catch at slip, the umpire believed that the ball had only touched the pad and Lynn was therefore not out. More or less, everyone was convinced with the decision, everyone but Dhoni, who decided to go for it nonetheless. Dhoni review system on point https://t.co/HtWejye8HB via @ipl — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) January 24, 2019 The bat had just scratched the surface of the ball with an almost inaudible nick which somehow Dhoni heard. Call it sixth-sense of good luck, but what is evident is that no one is better than Dhoni when it comes to following their instinct which has often led to his reviews being on point.
  19. MS Dhoni is too old to still be playing for Team India. He can no longer hit the ball at will. The finisher that once enthralled fans is finished now. Just look at the number of deliveries he eats up in his innings. He's surely a liability for the Indian team. Dhoni is just occupying a Team India spot which can very well be used to accommodate a player that actually deserves it. Surely, we can't win the ICC World Cup with Dhoni in the side. All these comments had haunted the former Indian captain in 2018, making it almost imperative for Dhoni to call it quits. But, there is a reason why this man is called 'Captain Cool'. The Jharkhand cricketer is one of those rare breeds of cricketers who thrive under pressure. You knock them down, they get right back up. You push them back, they come forward with rediscovered strength. For someone who remains India's most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer (barring Sachin Tendulkar), Dhoni was out of form and sorts before he travelled to Australia for the three-match ODI series. With the critics watching his every move, waiting for him to fall, right before embarking on 'we hate Dhoni' bandwagon; the 37-year-old had everything to lose - his career, place in the side and, more importantly, a chance to play the 2019 ICC World Cup. Twitter But, contrary to popular perception, Dhoni endured all the pressure before coming out on top with the last laugh against his critics - a script that has been the catalyst of each of his three innings in the One-Day International (ODI) series. While he might have struggled with the willow last year, Dhoni, against all odds, has begun 2019 with three fifties in a row wherein two played a pivotal role in India's win. It all began with the first ODI in Sydney where India found themselves in all sorts of trouble after losing three wickets for just four runs. Coming out to bat at the no. 4 slot, Dhoni partnered Rohit Sharma to stabilise the innings for his side as the duo added 137 runs for the fourth wicket. While India failed to win the contest, many slammed Dhoni (despite being dismissed due to an umpiring howler) for his 51-run innings that came in 96 deliveries. MS Dhoni's 10 years challenge At the end of 2009, his ODI average was 50.82. Right now it is 50.81. It is 0.01 less but we will take it. #10yearchallenge — Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 18, 2019 The second match at the Adelaide Oval saw the visitors in a similar situation, lagging behind in their run-chase early on and Dhoni in the mix, yet again. With Virat Kohli carrying the baton for his side, having already reached his fifty, Dhoni came to the crease with literally no one expecting anything from the veteran cricketer. Moreover, his slow start (12 runs off 21 balls), once again, had the naysayers convinced that it was going to be another 'MSD no-show'. Twitter While Kohli was dismissed in the 44th over, Dhoni carried on playing with calculated risks, keeping India in the game, before exploding at the right time. By the time he was done, Dhoni had notched up his second consecutive fifty and first that came in a winning cause this year. His 54-ball 55 didn't just allow India to level the series 1-1 but also had the critics running for cover. But, still, Dhoni needed to prove himself a bit more to really convince everyone that he was, indeed, important to the Indian team. And, as expected, he did it again. Just stats says it all. keeps getting better with age.. #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/hKDSNYJC51 — vipin (@i_mvipin) January 18, 2019 With the three-match ODI series levelled at 1-1, it all boiled down to the final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where another MSD masterclass was waiting to steer India home. A 230-run total (thanks to Yuzvendra Chahal's spin wizardry) was never going to be a tough ask for a strong batting side like India, but the loss of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli - with another 118 runs to get - had the Australians interested. But, Dhoni had other plans. Twitter The 37-year-old stitched an unbeaten 121-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Kedar Jadhav (61*) who revelled in the supporting role. Once again, pacing his innings to perfection, Dhoni took the game till the very end, denying any hiccups that would've had Aussies smelling blood. It was another fine showing by the former Indian captain and even if he was given three lives by the mediocre Australian side, it still shouldn't overshadow his contribution to the team. 3 fifties in a row. Highest Scorer for #TeamIndia in #AusvInd #ODI. Total Runs 193, Avg 193 !! They said he is finished, They said he is old, They said he is a liability, They said he must make way. He just smiled at all of them & let his willow do the talking #Dhoni #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/BqnA3FZGIK — Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) January 18, 2019 At a time, when the Indian cricket team is struggling to fill in the gaps in their middle-order, Dhoni's 'Man of the Series' performance in the ODI series has undeniably made him a worthy contender for the crucial no. 4 slot. With India's top three raking in all the runs lately, India's middle-order woes weren't really exposed until the ODI series came calling. Going into the ICC World Cup in England, Dhoni - on the back of his consistent performances this year - has proved that he can adequately fit in the role as an important no. 4 batsman for his side. If reliable had to be described, it would've #Dhoni written all over it. Congratulations, #TeamIndia. What a special win!! @msdhoni @BCCI #INDvsAUS — Suresh Rainað®ð³ (@ImRaina) January 18, 2019 While many will question the number of deliveries he ends up using to build his innings, or his inability to score quickly as he did earlier, Dhoni is still the man for the job (maybe in a different role). In what appears to be his new avatar, MSD allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the fort at the other end, playing the role of a sheet anchor - something that makes him a perfect fit for the vacant no. 4 slot. In the age, where cricket continues to evolve, India must look at this old warhorse differently. Rather than looking at him as a finisher, we must value this gem of a cricketer in the new role that, not only makes him a valuable addition to the team but also gives him more purpose (like he needed one in the first place) to serve Indian cricket.
  20. Even after Shaun Marsh's absolute beauty of a performance, the heroics of Indian cricket team's captain, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni along with the crucial role played by wicketkeeper and batsman, Dinesh Kartik proved to be too much for the Aussies to handle as India won the second ODI to tie the series at 1-1. While Kohli's 39th career ODI century was more of a necessity than an occasion for celebration, it was Dhoni who played like he once used to, during his prime, and put on a show to stun critics both overseas and here in India who were sceptical of the inclusion of the former skipper in the ODI roster for the series Down Under and the speculations of him being a part of the 2019 ICC World Cup team instead of Rishabh Pant, as he ended the match in a great fashion with a six to tie the game and then a single to seal the victory in the final over. It all seemed to be just like any other classic win for the Men in Blue until a video of MS Dhoni taking, what is called a 'short-run', popped up on the ever-so-resourceful internet. Did anyone notice that dhoni actually didn't complete the run here? pic.twitter.com/F9KjKiFILc — neich (@neicho32) January 15, 2019 In the video, it appears as if the batsman walked across the pitch for a single but didn't touch the crease with his bat to complete the run. According to the 'Laws of Cricket' (1744) the rule to complete a 'run' requires for the batsman to touch the crease or the area behind the line. If the batsman fails to do so, the run does not count. "If either umpire considers that one or both batsmen deliberately ran short at that umpire's end, the umpire concerned shall, when the ball is dead, call and signal Short run and inform the other umpire of what has occurred,” reads the ICC rulebook. If the umpires feel that the short-run taken by the player is deliberate, they are entitled to tax the offender's team of five runs as penalty. Although, the suspected short-run taken by Dhoni looks completely nonintentional, it could have had some serious consequences, getting him run-out had the bowler realised, being one of them. Run out chance missed! — Sameer Kumar Bhoi (@ImSKBhoi) January 16, 2019 But, somehow, the on-ground umpires and even the third umpire missed the short-run completely and gave the run to Dhoni. It's the small things that matter, isn't it?
  21. Ever since renouncing his captaincy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been a subject of immense criticism and topic of great discussion among the critics. There is no doubt that the Jharkhand cricketer, who once thrived in the role of India's finisher, has been struggling for a while to score at will. While some continue to call him a liability for Team India, others have even gone on to suggest that he is unnecessarily occupying a crucial slot in the side which could have been used by a much-deserving candidate. All those critical viewpoints had once again thronged social media when India lost the first ODI against Australia by 34 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The former Indian captain was slammed for playing 96 deliveries and scoring just 51 runs. He was blamed for starting real slow and then, when Rohit Sharma needed an experienced partner at the other end, losing his wicket (even if it was an umpiring error). Many had questioned the Indian selectors if they really believed that Virat Kohli-led side can actually win the upcoming ICC World Cup with Dhoni in the team. © Twitter/@BCCI A few days later, the Indian cricket team found itself in a similar situation, lagging behind in their run-chase early on and Dhoni in the mix, yet again. With Virat Kohli carrying the baton for his side, having already reached his fifty, Dhoni came to the crease with India needing another 137 runs at an asking rate of over 7.20. With Kohli's willow breathing fire, the cricket fans and pundits had placed their bets on the Indian captain to see the visitors through. Nobody, especially after last ODI's debacle, was really interested in what Dhoni had to offer as his slow start (12 runs off 21 balls) already had the naysayers slamming him on the social media. And, when Kohli was dismissed in the 44th over, the Indian fans dreaded the reoccurrence of those grim scenes that had earlier cut India a sorry figure at the SCG. With 57 runs still on board to get, the Australians undoubtedly fancied their chances, taking confidence from their triumph that came in similar situations in Sydney. But, at a time, when his detractors were waiting for him to fail yet again, the 37-year-old showed great resilience and stepped up to the task, bringing in all his experience to change India's fortunes. As the asking-rate crept over nine runs an over, Dhoni took calculated risks in a bid to keep his side in the game without losing wickets in the crunch moments of the game. Adequately supported by Dinesh Karthik (25*) who was holding the fort at the other end, the former Indian captain continued to rotate strike and pounced on the bad deliveries - traits of an experienced campaigner who has over 10,000 ODI runs to his name. © Twitter/@BCCI It eventually came down to 7 runs off the final six deliveries as the cricket fans across the globe geared up for another nail-biting showdown. But, all the excitement was killed with Dhoni's monstrous hit on the first delivery of Jason Behrendorff's over. Clearing his front leg and bringing all that bottom-hand power into play, Dhoni produced a mighty blow - one that must've hurt his detractors more than Australia themselves. Dhoni hits detractors and skeptics for a 6! Tight match, fine win — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 15, 2019 Fantastic run chase by India . Excellent 100 from Virat, he makes it look very easy. Was wonderful to see Dhoni finish of the game beautifully and Dinesh Karthik's cameo was very very important in the end. The final game should be a cracker. — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 15, 2019 With the equation (1 run off 5 balls) heavily in favour of the visitors, Dhoni did what he does best - scoring the winning runs and finishing the game for India. An MSD classic (55*), as it was, Dhoni's gritty fifty was stark reminder of what this old warhorse brings to the table. And, even if the last year wasn't really great for the Indian cricketer, the fact that he has begun 2019 with two fifties in a row might just be a sign of bigger and greater things to come from Dhoni. It's amazing that in the last ODI game, that many people criticised @msdhoni and he got a rough LBW decision, now with @imVkohli and @DineshKarthik he finishes a great game. Dhoni is a freak. Been saying it for years. — Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) January 15, 2019 Dhoni has shown his class here. Just understood the situation beautifully. And this is a tribute to his fitness — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 15, 2019 The Jharkhand cricketer might be on the older side. Despite his impeccable fitness levels, he still might not be as agile as he once was. And, he may not be able to score sixes at will as he once did. But, Dhoni is and will always be the cricketer that India can always rely on in those crunch situations when the likes of Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan and all the other prominent batters are back in the hut - a fact that, once again, came to the fore at the Adelaide Oval.
  22. MS Dhoni is a man blended with perfection. Captain cool, best husband, a doting father and a great human being are just some basic adjectives and personality attributes that one can use to describe this humble man. View this post on Instagram Thanks everyone for the support and Mumbai for turning yellow.Shane 'shocking' Watson played a shocking innings to get us through.end of a good season.Ziva doesn't care about the trophy, wants to run on the lawn according to her wordings. A post shared by M S Dhoni (@mahi7781) on May 27, 2018 at 1:03pm PDT The team is currently in Australia and during one such practice session when Dhoni found out that an 87-year-old woman named Edith is a huge fan of his and had specially come to meet him, he not only obliged the charming woman with pictures, but ensured that he spends some quality time with her as well. Craze Level: MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI ! ð¦â¤ð#MSDhoni #Dhoni #Fans #Craze #Demigod #Legend #AUSvIND #India #Australia @msdhoni @seemantlohani @mihir_diwakar pic.twitter.com/SxrYQPxLDR — Aabhas Raj (@msdhoniaddicted) January 9, 2019 Edith Norman, 87 Year old Women who's Big fan of MSDhoni Came to SCG along with his Son to watch Dhoni practicing ð ð pic.twitter.com/iW3OIMtHVM — DHONIsm™ ð (@DHONIism) January 9, 2019 Edith came with her son to the practice session when Dhoni spotted her. The woman is obviously elated to meet him and her son couldn't stop gushing about how warm our beloved Dhoni is. It's gestures like these which instill faith in your fandom that the man you admire is not just a great player, but a wonderful human being above all.
  23. For someone who moved around from city to city in his early teens to make a name for himself, Rishabh Pant is slowly, but surely, living up to his reputation as one of India's most exciting young talents. At the age of 21, the Delhi cricketer has already become India's first-choice wicket-keeper in the longest format and is now being touted as MS Dhoni's successor behind the stumps. In the ongoing tour of Australia, Pant has adequately carried out the responsibilities of India's wicket-keeper and his showing with the willow, too, has impressed cricket pundits and fans alike. Often branded as a limited-overs specialist, the youngster has been busy cutting a sorry figure for his detractors with pivotal batting performances for his side Down Under. Though many slammed him for being too chirpy behind the stumps in the ongoing series, Pant seems to have backed the talk by producing arguably his best knock in the longest format till date. The left-handed batsman picked the bones out of Australian bowling attack on his way to an unbeaten 159 on Day 2 of the ongoing fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. © AP During his 189-ball knock, Pant smoked 15 fours and a six, scoring at a strike-rate of over 85. If his commendable batting performance enthralled the Indian fans, it further allowed the young gun to break multiple records. His blistering knock helped him break Dhoni's 12-year record of the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper in an overseas Test. A moment to remember for Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/J8uK3gQPJh — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019 Pant was batting on 145 when he smashed Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood over mid-off for a superb boundary to go past the former Indian captain who had scored 148 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006. When it comes to playing in Australia, Pant also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test hundred Down Under. The previous highest was Farokh Engineer's 89 at Adelaide in 1967. Rishabh Pant explains how he was feeling in the 'nervous nineties' and discusses his century celebration at the SCG #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/wGjaF3OXPX — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019 His unbeaten 159 is also the third-highest score for an Indian wicket-keeper in Tests followed by Dhoni's 224 and Budhi Kunderan's 192. It is also the second-highest for any visiting wicket-keeper in Australia, only behind AB de Villiers' 169 at WACA in 2012-13. Pant also holds the joint record - with Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim (who scored 159 against New Zealand in 2017) - of the highest score by an Asian wicket-keeper outside the sub-continent. © AP Pant is also the first wicket-keeper to boast two Test hundreds as a 21-year-old. And, what makes it furthermore special is the fact that both of his Test tons have come outside Asia - a region where sub-continent cricketers are generally expected to prevail. His masterful innings on the second day has now made him the only Indian wicket-keeper to score a hundred in three of the four SENA (South Africa-England-New Zealand-Australia) countries. A few days ago, he was busy helping Tim Paine's wife Bonnie Maggs increase her Instagram followers by obliging for a photo-op with their kids, but his strokeful innings on Friday would have surely earned him more fans on the social media. After Pujara's brilliant 193, Rishabh Pant has assured that India put the game firmly out of Australia's grip. Very impressed by his temperament today and congratulations to him on his 2nd overseas 100, 1 in Eng and now 1 in Aus, only the 2nd wk after Jeff Dujjon to do so pic.twitter.com/uSg60n98nb — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 4, 2019 Besides baby-sitting Tim Paine's children, Rishabh Pant has taken a record 20 catches and scored 262 runs already as I write this. Not bad for a 21-year-old in his first series Down Under ð — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 4, 2019 hundreds in england & australia in his first few months of test cricket, a bunch of catches and exceptional babysitting skills - rishabh pant has to be among the most productive 21-year olds around #AUSvIND — Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 4, 2019 Since Rishabh Pant made his debut, nobody has made more 90+ scores in Test cricket. #AUSvIND — The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) January 4, 2019 Very happy for Rishabh Pant, a lovely guy as well as a helluva talent. He's having some sort of a tour #AUSvIND — Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) January 4, 2019 Rishabh Pant @RishabPant777 you absolute beauty! More runs this series than the great Kohli - incredible consistency and courage - need you in the World Cup squad now #AUSvIND @DelhiCapitals — Parth Jindal (@ParthJindal11) January 4, 2019 Rishabh Pant is undoubtedly a talented player and has been consistent in his game and kept on improving himself. Congratulations to R.Pant sir on scoring a century great innings. — Vijayesh Mokal (@vijayesh_mokal) January 4, 2019
  24. Arguably one of the most iconic openers in Indian cricket history, Gautam Gambhir broke many hearts when he announced his retirement from all the formats on 5th December. Taking to the social media, the left-hander had claimed that the Ranji Trophy clash between Delhi and Andhra Pradesh at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be his final game. But, for a cricketer who has been out of favour with the national team since 2016, Gambhir shut his critics and silenced all the naysayers with a final hurrah. Playing for Delhi in his farewell match, Gambhir slammed 112 runs to help his side take three points from the drawn game. It was arguably a fitting end to a career that would always be remembered fondly by the cricket fans. However, his scathing attack and recent comments on MS Dhoni has made him a subject of immense criticism on the social media. Questioning Dhoni's selection policy during the 2012 CB series, Gambhir recently slammed the former Indian captain after he decided that the left-hander, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag can't all feature together in the playing XI. © BCCL "In the 2012 Tri-series in Australia, Dhoni declared that he can't play all three (Gambhir, Sachin and Sehwag) of us together as he was looking ahead at the 2015 World Cup. It was a massive shock, I think it would have been a massive shock for any cricketer. I have not heard anyone be told in 2012 that they would never be a part of the 2015 World Cup. I always had the impression that if you keep scoring runs, age is a just a number," Gambhir told India Today. "First you decided that you won't play the three of us together, then you decided that you are going to play the three of us together. Either the original decision was wrong, or the second decision was wrong. He took that decision as a captain and it was a shock to all three of us," Gambhir added. While Gambhir, who was vital for Team India in their World Cup winning campaigns in 2007 and 2011, minced no words in expressing his views, the Indian cricket fans felt that the Delhi cricketer was probably settling old scores with Dhoni. Very easy to comment on something after retirement. Very easy to take out the past and crib about it like a baby after retirement. Instead retire like a man and stick to it without cribbing about past decisions #Gambhir #Dhoni — Sam (@sam1223456) December 9, 2018 #gambhir #Dhoni whatever is going in not good for Indian cricket.Though @GautamGambhir is great cricketer but needs to learn behave gently and maturity from various retired cricketers like #sehwag #SachinTendulkar . After 8 years and retirement it's not sounding well being. — preet (@onthesong) December 10, 2018 Gautam Gambhir has once again proven his sickly attitude by badmouthing MS Dhoni. Navjot Siddhu refused to say a word about what happened in the dressing room after he retired midway through the series in England. Which scenario sees the righteousness upheld? Well. — Aswin Balaji Subramanyan (@balaji201288) December 9, 2018 Gambhir phir se Dhoni ke piche pad gaya. Dhoni's decision was absolutely right . If you cant digest a Long term decision that's your problem . IPL se captaincy experts ban jate hai Saab . — Doctor Phd (@iDoctorPhd) December 9, 2018 He was already 31 at that time plus out of form, Dhoni did a right thing to bring in Shikhar dhawan who was in fantastic form at that time. He did all this keeping in mind worldcup 2015 and ct 2013. He knew gg won't survive till wc. — Direct Hit (@bevdashastri) December 9, 2018 Gautam Gambhir claims to be an 'honest' man but he chose to criticize MS Dhoni, selectors etc after his retirement. So, he certainly wasn't honest to them all these years — Hari Sadanandan (@iamharry_88) December 9, 2018 He conveyed in 2012 for a reason , he was forced play them in a desperate situation , but did he ultimately change his decision NO , that was just one match. So stop sobbing about that one irrelevant incident that happened in one tri series. This is proper Drama Queen stuff . — Doctor Phd (@iDoctorPhd) December 9, 2018
  25. Last month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a tricky photograph of Indian cricketers who were seen glued to their iPads and mobile phones while waiting for departure at the Mumbai airport. The Indian cricket board then revealed that the Indian stars, including the likes of MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Manish Pandey were playing a multiplayer game and asked fans to guess the name of the game. As we wait for the departure announcement from Mumbai, some of them are playing a very popular multiplayer game. #TeamIndia Any guesses? pic.twitter.com/Y1n8AdHxhn — BCCI (@BCCI) October 30, 2018 "As we wait for the departure announcement from Mumbai, some of them are playing a very popular multiplayer game," the BCCI had tweeted. As soon as the tweet caught the attention of Indian cricket fans, everyone quickly came to a general consensus that Dhoni and his teammates were playing PUBG - a popular multiplayer shooting game. While the BCCI didn't really disclose the name of the shooting game they were playing, Dhoni's recent comments (special request to be precise) further establishes his love for PUBG. As Virat Kohli turned 30 on 5th November, the BCCI shared a birthday video for the Indian captain. #HappyBirthdayVirat Wishes galore for the Indian captain from the team as he celebrates his 30th Birthday. Here's to many more match-winning moments and ðð in the cabinet. Full video here - https://t.co/MCnjtfoIuD pic.twitter.com/Yr83r8LPyS — BCCI (@BCCI) November 5, 2018 The video comprised of birthday messages and wishes for Kohli from his Team India mates, head coach Ravi Shastri and the support staff. But, it was Dhoni, who was seen leading the wishes in the video, who caught our attention. While wishing his successor on his special day, Dhoni made a special request: "Hi Virat, wish you a very happy birthday. I know you are a big PUBG fan because I've just found this old picture of yours. So, why don't you come and especially teach Manish Pandey how to play a first-person shooting game". Apart from Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja was seen urging Kohli to consume rice, flatbread (roti) and lots of sweets. On the other hand, Kedar Jadhav wished: "May you get younger and fitter with every passing day and handsome too". The video ends with Shastri's wish for the 30-year-old batsman. "On behalf of the entire support team, a very happy birthday. Happy 25th, that's what we believe you are. Have an absolute blast," Shastri said. Wishing you a lot of success and happiness in the year ahead. Happy Birthday, @imvkohli! pic.twitter.com/HcXX88rXJn — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2018 Earlier in the day, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, too, wrote a warm message for Kohli on Twitter. "Wishing you a lot of success and happiness in the year ahead. Happy Birthday, @imvkohli!," he tweeted. Terrorising opposition bowlers and shattering batting records, the Indian skipper has been in blistering form this year. During the recently-concluded ODI series against West Indies, Kohli broke Tendulkar's record to become the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs. While the Little Master took 259 innings to achieve the feat, Kohli needed just 205 innings to beat his idol.