VIDEO: 41-year-old Dhoni showed muscle power, hit six near the fans in the last over with full force

Ahmedabad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni may be away from active cricket. You play cricket in IPL only for two months in a year. The age has also crossed 41 years, despite this he is still heavy on the young bowlers. Thala showed a sample of this in the opening match of IPL 2023 against Gujarat Titans. When his team was batting first after losing the toss. The run rate had reduced as soon as Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed, then in the last over of the first innings, he hit young pacer Joshua Little for a six. Length ball on the radar, Mahi already steams it over square leg for a six. The CSK captain did not stop here, hitting a four on the next ball to take the score to 178/7 in the stipulated 20 overs and returned unbeaten after scoring 14 runs in seven balls.

Double century of six for CSK

With this, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the only player to score a double century of sixes for Chennai Super Kings, behind him is Suresh Raina, popularly known as Chinna Thala, who hit 180 sixes. At number three is Faf Duplessis, who sent the ball in the air 87 times. Earlier during the toss, he had called the new rule impact player beneficial. Mahi’s argument was that this makes the decision-making process easier. Dhoni said during the toss, ‘It is very beneficial. It becomes a little easier to decide because you can use it anytime. Dhoni, however, feels that this rule will reduce the all-rounder’s role in the team. He said, ‘Due to this rule, the effect of the all-rounder will be slightly reduced.’

Apart from Dhoni, opener Ruturaj Gaikwad scored a tremendous half-century and scored 92 runs in 50 balls with nine sixes and four fours, but apart from him only Moeen Ali (23) could cross the 20-run mark. For Gujarat, leg-spinner Rashid Khan took 26, Mohammed Shami took 29 while Alzarri Joseph took two wickets for 33 runs. Talking about the match, in response to the target of 179 runs, Gujarat Titans won the opening match by five wickets in the first four balls.

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