Twitter reacts as Dhoni’s dive brings back 2019 WC semi-final memories
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni’s dive to save from a run-out brings back memories of ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final during their match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Monday in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
Twitter was flooded with photos of Dhoni’s dive after the match comparing the moment to the 2019 WC semi-final.
Coming in at no. 7, Dhoni yesterday pushed a delivery to the cover in 14th over of the match and set for a single. But standing at non-striker’s end, Ravindra Jadeja denied the single and sent Dhoni back. Immediately Dhoni returned and felt that only dive could save his wicket. Then he dived which saved him from being run-out.
After seeing that moment, many lauded Dhoni for his fitness but Twitter went in other way. They brought back the memories of 2019 WC semi-final when India needed 25 runs off 10 balls with well-set Dhoni batting in the middle. New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson was bowling at that moment and Dhoni played a shot towards deep-square leg and went for two runs to take the strike again. But fielding at deep-square leg, Martin Guptill picked up the ball so fast and rattled the stump with a perfectly aimed throw which saw Dhoni run-out and India lost the match by 18 runs.
Notably, it was Dhoni’s last match in Indian jersey also as he retired from international cricket in the very next year of World Cup on August 15, 2020.
However, Dhoni’s CSK won yesterday’s match comfortably by 45 runs against RR. Dhoni played an average innings of 18-run off 17 balls.
— वैराग्य (@Imsrb9) April 20, 2021
— V I P E R™ (@VIPERoffl) April 19, 2021
Ms Dhoni dived to save his wicket in IPL 2021. This dive that day could have won us the semi-final eventually leading to finals and then winning the cup 😥 pic.twitter.com/jKsJBOnDwS
— Eshit Ashani (@AshaniEshit) April 20, 2021
I am 100% sure everyone’s mind went back to one match after watching this dive. pic.twitter.com/Zyk44cWej2
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 19, 2021
And even Dhoni regretted why he didn’t put in dive that day 😭💔
— Bad Boy (@kushal_dhfm) April 20, 2021
— News18.com (@news18dotcom) April 20, 2021