Amidst India’s 74th Independence Day celebrations, MS Dhoni left everyone in shock as he called it quits from his international cricket career at 7:29 PM on 15th August 2020. Just like many of his decisions that he took on the cricket field, it was unexpected, which left everyone scratching their heads.
It’s hard to believe that India’s biggest match-winner- the man who won us all the ICC trophies- MS Dhoni won’t be seen in Indian jersey anymore. His presence in the upcoming edition of IPL thus becomes even more special for the whole nation.
And, as the tournament comes closer, a lot of questions have been popping in our minds.
Can Dhoni make IPL 2020 his own? Can he lead CSK to their fourth IPL title? Does Dhoni still have in him to exhibit his trademark finishes?
‘Dhoni is past his prime’ should never be a topic to debate on. It has been quite evident in the way he has performed in the last couple of years. His numbers tell it all.
However, when it comes to IPL, MS Dhoni just finds a way to score runs. All his struggles take a walk. MS Dhoni has rarely disappointed his fans in IPL. He has led CSK to reach the playoffs in every season they played in the cash-rich league.
He won IPL titles on three occasions. He has been nothing but outstanding with the bat. 2019 was, in fact, his best season with the bat. Averaging 83.20, Dhoni amassed 416 runs in 15 matches.
And now that he has retired from international cricket, you might expect a Dhoni who could unleash himself in the final days of his cricketing career. You could expect him to come up at number four and ripping apart opposition’s bowling attack.
While Dhoni hasn’t lost his ability to launch maximums, his struggle against spin could be a big sign of worry. In the last couple of years, Dhoni has found it tough to gauge spin, especially on slow tracks. And the conditions in the UAE could only add further misery to it.
But then, it’s Dhoni’s favorite T20 tournament, and he knows how to score runs in IPL. The last time IPL happened in UAE, Dhoni amassed 90 runs in 5 matches at an average of 30, which included two great cameos of 26 off 11 balls and 32 off 15 balls. It’s been 6 years since and Dhoni’s game has changed substantially.
Perhaps, it is time to keep your emotions on the front seat itself. You would want him to end on a stellar note. The fans are waiting to cherish every ball he faces, every six he hits, the last-ball finishes, for once last time. Does he still have in him? Only time will tell.