IPL 2024 – “MS Dhoni May Not Play All Games”: Chris Gayle Drops Bombshell

Mar23,2024



Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle feels that MS Dhoni will not be able to play all the matches for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2024 after stepping down from the captaincy on the eve of the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday. CSK defended their title in style by defeating RCB by six wickets in the first match of IPL 2024 at Chepauk. Dhoni played under the leadership of new captain Ruturaj Gaikwad, but he did not get a chance to bat. After CSK's win over RCB, Gayle said that Dhoni may take a break in the middle of the tournament, but he backed the experienced player to do well in the tournament.

Gayle said on Jio Cinema, “He (MS Dhoni) may not play all the matches. There may be a little break for him in between. So this is the decision. But MSD will perform well, don't worry about that. “

Dhoni looked sharp behind the stumps, leading to a run out on the last ball of RCB's innings.

However, he did not get a chance to bat as CSK achieved the target of 174 runs with eight balls remaining.

Remembering the match, RCB chose to bat and, despite a flying start from captain Faf (35 off 23 balls, with eight fours), were reduced to 78/5 at one point. Virat Kohli's performance with the bat was disappointing and he scored 21 runs in 20 balls with the help of one six. Anuj Rawat (48* in 25 balls, with four fours and three sixes) and Dinesh Karthik (38* in 26 balls, with three fours and two sixes). Mustafizur (4/29) was the best bowler for CSK. RCB scored 173/6 in 20 overs.

Chasing the target of 174 runs, CSK got a fast start from Rachin Ravindra (37 runs in 15 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes). RCB managed to take some quick and important wickets, but Shivam Dubey (34* from 28 balls, with the help of four fours and a six) and Ravindra Jadeja (25* from 17 balls, with the help of a six) helped the defending champions to six wickets. Gave victory by wicket. With eight balls remaining.

Gaikwad said that his team was in complete control from the beginning and believed that they played really well in the end.

“I would say complete control from the start apart from 2-3 overs. 10-15 runs less would have been preferred but I think they played really well till the end. I think that was a big turning point Maxwell and Faf out. “We got three quick wickets and that helped us control the next overs, that was the real turning point,” Gaikwad said after his first win as CSK captain.

(With ANI inputs)

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