Dhoni, the gigantic entertainer that he is! He never disappointed against the fastest bowler in this IPL, Mark Wood, who just two nights ago demolished the Delhi Capitals with his great pace and movement. Dhoni sliced past the third man with his first throw, which rolled at 148.7km/h for a six.
If you thought the decibel levels couldn’t get any higher, you were woefully wrong. Combined with the pressure of bowling against Dhoni in the final and the deafening noise. Wood looked a little nervous. He came in, knowing precisely what the crowd needs, and slashed in midfield. Even the best can give in under pressure. A short delivery, no matter how fast, is the last option to keep while throwing Dhoni into Death Raids. Not surprisingly, wood got the treatment.
Dhoni went to get the climbing supply from the stump and pulled on it. The ball disappeared into the torch-studded night sky and landed low in the stands. He measured the distance at 89 meters. However, the resulting noise was not measurable. He did not limit Dhoni’s magic to Chepauk.
Dhoni’s devotion knows no bounds. Viewership at Jio Cinema, IPL’s digital channels, hit Rs. 1.7 crore, the highest ever at IPL 2023. Dhoni broke his record. The previous record was 1.6 crores. Guess, Dhoni was also in the ring then, against the Gujarat Titans in the tournament’s opening game. Dhoni got stuck in a deep spot trying to make a hat-trick from Sixes.
The stadium, which was the noisiest part of the country, fell silent for a moment before rising to greet Dhoni’s short but impactful three-ball tackle that put CSK to 217/7 in 20 overs. One shouldn’t be judged for saying that Dhoni’s two sixes ended up being the difference. Surprisingly, LSG 12 fell short of CSK’s target.
The homecoming of the Yellow Brigade and its host in almost four years has been sweet, or rather, loud. But who is complaining? Let there be more Dhoni sixes, let there be more noise, and let the audience grow even more, because who knows what the man with The Midas Touch can achieve.