MS Dhoni rarely dives while running between the wickets. In fact, the former India captain rarely needs one as he is among the fastest runners between the wickets. But on Monday, there was a rare sight at the Wankhede Stadium as Dhoni put a full-length dive to avoid getting run-out in Chennai Super Kings’ 3rd match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 against Rajasthan Royals.
MS Dhoni, leading the side for the 200th time, walked in at No. 7 after Chennai Super Kings were in a spot of bother, having lost well-set Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina in the 14th over. Dhoni, who has not played a lot of competitive cricket since IPL 2020, looked rusty. After having got out for 0 in his only knock in IPL 2021 before Monday, Dhoni was seemingly keen on getting off the mark.
In the 15th over bowled by leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia, MS Dhoni pushed one to the cover region and set off for a single. However, there was no single for the taking and Ravindra Jadeja rightly said no to his captain. Dhoni was nearly halfway down the wicket but he quickly turned around and put in a full-length dive.
Dhoni was safe as the throw had to be collected by wicketkeeper Sanju Samson who broke the stumps. Replays showed Dhoni was comfortably in after the full-length dive in Mumbai.
Fans were pleasantly surprised to see Dhoni dive while running between the wickets. Quite a few even pointed out how Dhoni backed himself to complete that infamous second run in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
Indha dive’a Manchester la pannirkalaame thala!
— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) April 19, 2021
I am 100% sure everyone’s mind went back to one match after watching this dive. pic.twitter.com/Zyk44cWej2
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 19, 2021
Struggle of @ChennaiIPL batting is a concern, last few overs has MS & @imjadeja to score quickly and well they can. Chetan’s been phenomenal not giving much away and I have never seen Mahi dive, commitment level ????#CSKvsRR #IPL2021 @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/G5TQJfbI6g
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) April 19, 2021
— Umar Akmal (@umarakmalparody) April 19, 2021
— Gautam Sachdeva (@GautamSachdevaa) April 19, 2021
— kapil gupta (@kapilgupta54) April 19, 2021
Lesson from world cup ?? Finally we saw Dhoni’s Dive #MSDhoni
— Animesh Santoshwar (@Animesh_AS45) April 19, 2021
— ??????????? ?? ? (@Amanullah_23) April 19, 2021
Dhoni dived? Lockdown done right!
— Sonal Goyal (@goyal_sonal) April 19, 2021
Dhoni, who was leading a single-handed assault in a tricky chase in Manchester, tried to complete a quick double but was run-out by Martin Guptill who got a direct hit from deep fine-leg.
Incidentally, Dhoni’s international career ended with that run-out as he retired from international cricket on August 15, 2020 without playing a match after the World Cup semi-final.
Notably, Dhoni had spoken to India Today Sports Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar about that run-out, saying he should have dived to complete the second run. India lost the 2019 World Cup semi-final by 18 runs, chasing 240.
““In my first game I was run-out and this game again I was run-out. I keep telling myself why I didn’t dive. Those two inches I still keep telling myself I should have dived,” Dhoni had said, as quoted by Majumdar.
Source – India Today