Kasi Viswanathan, MS Dhoni {PC:BCCI/IPL}
MS Dhoni {PC:BCCI/IPL}

Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan opened up about MS Dhoni’s decision to bat ahead of Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 final against Gujarat Titans. He said that the captain might have felt bad getting out on golden duck as he couldn’t feel that he couldn’t fulfil the responsibility. 

Chennai Super Kings scripted history after they thumped Gujarat Titans by 5 wickets in the final of the IPL 2023 to clinch their fifth title. The game went down the wire but in the end, the MS Dhoni-led side held their nerves better and bagged the game. 

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One of the exciting moments of the game came when CSK skipper MS Dhoni walked out to bat early. The keeper-batter throughout the season batted after Ravindra Jadeja but in the final, he took the responsibility and batted early. He came out to bat when the team needed 21 runs off the 14 balls.

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But the move didn’t work as MS Dhoni bagged a golden duck as Mohit Sharma dismissed on the first ball. After the pressure was on the CSK then but Ravindra Jadeja held his nerves well and with 10 runs needed off the last two balls, the all-rounder hit six and four to win the game for his team. 

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Kasi Vishwanathan said that with the kind of ability MS Dhoni possess, the keeper-batter would’ve finished the game. He talked about how the CSK skipper would’ve felt after getting out on golden duck.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, he said: “When 21 were required off 14 balls when Rayudu got us to that position, I think MS Dhoni might have felt bad when he was dismissed on the first ball he faced. He would have finished the match. Given his skillset, he would have finished the game in style. 

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But when he was dismissed, probably he might have felt that ‘I couldn’t fulfil my responsibility.’ He might have felt ‘What if we lose from here having come so close’. We all knew Jadeja was there, but still.” 

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IPL 2023: “We had faith in Ravindra Jadeja: Kasi Vishwanathan 

Kasi Vishwanathan further went on to hail Ravindra Jadeja, saying that they had faith in the all-rounder. He said that it was a dream come true for the team and that’s why MS Dhoni showed emotions.

He explained: “When 10 were needed off the final two balls and Jadeja hit the six, which was very difficult to hit, we had faith. Because defending the winning runs off the final ball is definitely tough be it any bowler. But Jadeja as usual capitalised and it was a dream come true for CSK. That is one of the reasons why Dhoni also showed his emotions.”

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