Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has opened up on MS Dhoni’s condition while batting against SunRisers Hyderabad. Chennai Super Kings fell seven runs short in pursuit of 165 in Dubai despite MS Dhoni’s valiant knock of 47 that came while battling fatigue. Aakash Chopra underlined that for the first time he saw the former Indian skipper entirely drained.
MS Dhoni came at the crease at the fall of Kedar Jadhav and by that time CSK were reeling at 42-4 in the ninth over. The skipper, along with Ravindra Jadeja, shared a partnership of 72 following which it came down to 28 requiring off the final over. MS Dhoni struggled to plunder the massive hits as fatigue caught up to him amid running between the wickets.
Aakash Chopra reveals feeling emotional, seeing MS Dhoni entirely exhausted for the first time. The 42-year old underlined that was not only Dhoni bending down but also the scorching conditions in Dubai made his throat dry.
“I am a little emotional because I saw MS Dhoni so tired for the first time, tired meaning physically absolutely totally drained. He was bending down, not able to breathe properly, his throat was dry, that can happen in the heat of Dubai,” Aakash Chopra told in his Youtube Channel.
“MS Dhoni’s story teaches us to never give up” : Aakash Chopra
The cricketer-turned-commentator understood that scoring that many runs was an uphill task; however, the presence of Dhoni gave a glimmer of hope. He added that the keeper-batsman’s never-say-die attitude taught a lesson; however, was not successful in taking his side over the line.
“CSK required a lot of runs and I felt that it was not possible, but somewhere in the corner of the heart there was a voice which said that MS Dhoni is there and he will do it. Just the romanticism probably, MS Dhoni’s story teaches us to never give up. But unfortunately CSK lost,” the former Indian cricketer added.