MS Dhoni's comeback as the captain has produced a crucial victory for the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday but in the battle of containing the Sunrisers Hyderabad from reaching the mammoth target, Dhoni has lost his cool when young pacer Mukesh Choudhary was bowling the final over that was crucial for both the teams. CSK has put the target of 203 on the board for Hyderabad and the chasers came close to the target and eventually, Chennai won the match by 13 runs.
SRH's batsman Nicholas Pooran was aggressive in the chase and he was spoilsporting CSK's campaign towards the victory. When Pooran was on the crease with a firing show, CSK's Mukesh Choudhary had bowled the final over and when he sent down a ball to wide, Dhoni, who was standing behind the stumps went visibly red and lost his cool. Though he didn't express his agitation, he was unhappy with that ball that awarded an extra run to the chasers.
After losing his cool, Dhoni had given instructions to Choudhary to bowl a proper line. Dhoni wanted Choudhary to bowl on the off-stump as the former had fixed the fielders on the offside. In an end, Choudhary finished off his spell as the best bowler of the day, though his economy wasn't impressive. In his four-over spell, he ended up picking four crucial wickets by giving away 46 runs.
Later, after the match, Dhoni had run in praise for Choudhary for his bowling. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Choudhary said that Dhoni didn't tell him anything special in the final over. He said, "At the end, MS Dhoni didn't tell me anything special about that last over. He just told me to bowl stump to stump, avoid no balls and not to try anything fancy."
While addressing the presentation, Dhoni had complimented Choudhary. The skipper said, "It's easy for us batsmen to criticize them (young bowlers) at times but there is a lot of pressure on them. Slowly once they get mature, that's when they start soaking that pressure and want to be under the pump. It's good to see (Choudhary) doing that for us. He took a few games, now he's bowling well."
"You can get away with a lot of things in first-class cricket and age-group cricket. But over here you can't really get away with too many things. You need to be consistent, need to know what you're doing and accept the shortcomings. Unless you accept the shortcoming, the process of becoming strong in the areas you're weak takes more time. So, acceptance and honesty is the key", Dhoni added.
For the Chennai Super Kings team and the fans, MS Dhoni's takeover of the captaincy was anew beginning and the effect of the change of guard was visible in the team's impressive victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. Though the victory has kept the team's position intact, it was a promising triumph as it has come when the defending champion was positioned at the end of the road. In nine matches played, CSK has recorded three wins and stands at the ninth spot. Dhoni's fleet will be taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 4, Wednesday in Pune.