Jadeja bows down to Dhoni, says ‘world’s best finisher’ is still hungry
Jadeja hugs Dhoni after CSK won a last-ball thriller against MI in IPL 2022 on April 21. Photo: BCCI/IPL

Jadeja bows down to Dhoni, says ‘world’s best finisher’ is still hungry

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Ravindra Jadeja bowed down to teammate MS Dhoni after the latter turned the clock back to orchestrate a last-ball win against Mumbai Indians (MI) in IPL 2022.

On Thursday night (April 21), Dhoni, who has finished many games for India and for his franchise CSK, did it again at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Thanks to Dhoni’s 13-ball 28 not out including a last-ball four off Jaydev Unadkat, CSK sealed a second win in seven matches in the ongoing IPL.

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Chasing 156, CSK was reduced to 106/6, but Dwaine Pretorius and Dhoni rescued the ‘men in yellow’ and won by three wickets. With 17 needed off the final over, the equation came down to 16 off the last four balls, and Dhoni hit 6, 4, 2, and 4 to finish things off in style.

After he had finished the game, Jadeja, along with his teammates walked onto the ground from the dugout and bowed down to Dhoni and hugged him. Later, in the post-match presentation ceremony, he heaped praise on the former CSK skipper.

“It’s very good that he is still hungry (for runs and wins). His touch is still there. And looking at it, all of us remain calm, that if he is in the middle and stays till the final over, he will win the game,” Jadeja, who took over as CSK captain from Dhoni this season, said.

CSK’s Dhoni finishes off in style against MI in IPL 2022. Photo: BCCI/IPL

The all-rounder said the team was confident of a win as long as Dhoni was in the middle. “We were tense but had a belief that he (Dhoni) was out there, he would finish the game and come. He has won so many games for India, in the IPL, we knew that he would finish the game.”

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Later, in the virtual post-match press conference, Jadeja said, “Look, we were in pressure and the way the match was going, I believe there was pressure in both the dugouts… As the world’s best finisher (Dhoni) was out in the middle. Somewhere we knew that if he (Dhoni) stays till the last ball, then definitely he would win the game for us. We had the belief that he wouldn’t miss the final two-three balls and luckily that happened.”

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