As IPL 2020 is approaching the end of its league rounds, a lot of fans were left disappointed because their favourite star, MS Dhoni failed to live up to the billing and his team was one of them that became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament.
The fact that CSK was ousted from the tournament broke a lesser number of hearts than the fact that Dhoni failed to perform according to the expectations those were strapped on to him even before the fray kicked off. Dhoni did open the tournament by staying unbeaten that saw Sam Curran striking the winning runs for Chennai.
However, in the following game when the stage was ideal for MS to go for his slaughter, he faltered badly and by the time he lifted his bat to strike those massive sixes, the game was beyond saving.
Dhoni did get off to a flying start against Delhi Capitals but bit the dust shortly after he failed to judge Kagiso Rabada’s pace and nicked it to Rishabh Pant, getting out for a paltry 15.
Dhoni’s best effort in the tournament so far came against Sunrisers where he managed to stitch a crucial 47 but once again the rate at which he scored didn’t help Chennai by any means.
The former Indian captain struggled once again as he failed to pick up a googly of Varun Chakravarthy and lost himself for 11 runs, leaving his team in arrant pain once again.
Dhoni’s woes continued as he once again fell victim to some magical spin from Yuzvendra Chahal, removing him for a mere 10 runs from just 6 balls. He played a blitzkrieg inning against Sunrisers that saw glimpses of vintage Dhoni garnering 21 runs from 13 balls before getting out to a miscued shot.
The skipper for Chennai simply couldn’t get off to a good start as he once again fell for 3 runs with Anrich Nortje scalping him with that additional bit of pace.
In another dampened venture from Chennai against Royals that saw them crafting 125, Dhoni scored 28 from 28 balls. Mahi failed again against Mumbai when he got out for 16 from the exact same number of deliveries.
The figures that have just been mentioned and the ways in Dhoni has got out is very unexpected and uncharacteristic from the former Indian captain. He was one of the most explosive batting forces of India and Chennai in his heydays. However, his heydays are long gone and the captain is reduced to a mere melancholic shadow of his former scintillating self.
Honestly, he is underprepared for the fray that is known for creating ripples all around the world. The IPL is considered to be one of the best franchise cricketing tournaments throughout the world alongside Big Bash and CPL T20. Dhoni misjudged the fact that his mere presence won’t really be warming up the supporters.
He has been out of international cricket for more than a year and as the lockdown kicked in, the practice became a far cry for MS. The man who was supposed to be a part of the 2020 T20 World Cup, couldn’t really get enough game time before the IPL 2020 and the upshot is pretty evident.
Also, he underestimated the effect of age on his game and that cost him dearly. He was barely able to connect those shots and was missing out vehemently on pace. Bouncers made him suffer and helicopters against spin were hardly a scenario that fans got to witness in this fray.
His playing style with the bat is a lot dependent on brute power and force which lacked in Dhoni’s innings throughout this year’s IPL. The high bat-lift that propels Dhoni’s astronomical strikes were too slow and that cost him his wicket too.
To aggravate matters for him, we the fans, kept on reminding him that he will have to deliver, otherwise, we are ready to forget every single heroic that he pulled off for the nation. We even issued rape threats to his daughter. We exhausted him mentally other than the game taking its toll on him physically.
It all kicked in together at the same time, making IPL 2020 a living nightmare for Dhoni and company, especially the captain who struck that telling blow to fill the hearts of millions, nine years back.