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PBKS vs CSK: MS Dhoni memes go viral after CSK moves to number 9 after Shardul Thakur

New Delhi,UPDATED: May 5, 2024 6:02 PM IST

MS Dhoni was criticized on Sunday, May 5, for not coming into bat sooner than he did when the Super Kings needed his presence in the middle in their IPL 2024 match against Punjab in Dharamsala. Batting at number 9 for the first time in his T20 career, Dhoni faced just nine deliveries. He walked out to bat after bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur as the decision to postpone his arrival failed to impress a section of fans.

To add to the misery, MS Dhoni was dismissed by Harshal Patel for a first-ball duck. The Punjab bowler deceived the former CSK captain by bowling a yorker with a slower ball that dived and hit the off stump. Dhoni looked distraught as CSK lost two wickets in as many balls as wicketkeeper-batsman Shardul Thakur followed, who shone with an 11-ball 17.

Questions were asked as to why MS Dhoni decided to bat as low as No. 9 in a must-win match. Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan also questioned Dhoni’s reluctance to play higher up, especially when the team needed his services in the middle. CSK were at 122 for 6 after losing Mitchell Santner in the 16th over. However, much to the surprise of many, Shardul walked out ahead of Dhoni.

Meme makers had a good day on Sunday when MS Dhoni’s decision to bat at number 9 led to several hilarious reactions. At the same time, a few CSK fans were upset by the questionable call from the franchise.

MS Dhoni was in good form in the IPL 2024, although he had saved himself from end-overs cameos. Notably, Dhoni was dismissed for the first time in the season in CSK’s 10th match – when he was bowled out for an 11-ball 14 against Punjab in their earlier match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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Akshay Ramesh

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May 5, 2024