IPL 2018: Shane Watson’s Overthrow Made MS Dhoni Lose His Cool: Sunil Gavaskar
One of the most rare things on the cricket field is to see MS Dhoni showcasing his emotions. Apart from his batting and captaincy, the Chennai Super Kings star has built his reputation for his cool and calm nature. In fact, he has managed to conduct himself so well on the field that the cricketing fraternity fondly calls him captain cool. No matter whether he gets out on a duck or scores a century, no matter whether he ends up on the losing side or the winning side, seeing the 36-year showing emotions is very very rare.
However, on Friday (May 11), the unusual sight was witnessed as Dhoni lost his composure for a moment when Chennai Super Kings lost a close game to Rajasthan Royals. The Super Kings had 12 runs to defend in the final over but Jos Buttler took Royals home with a ball to spare. What made the defeat even tougher to accept was that the final runs came off an overthrow. The Royals needed two runs off the final two balls and Shane Watson had a needless shy at the stumps which resulted in an overthrow as Buttler and Jofra Archer took a couple. As soon as the game ended, Dhoni was seen expressing his anger and displeasure.
Well, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes Watson’s overthrow had compelled Dhoni to lose his cool. Writing in his column for the TOI, Gavaskar insisted that Watson’s overthrow was unnecessary which made Dhoni lost his cool.
“For the first time, the usually unflappable Mahendra Singh Dhoni lost his cool after the Rajasthan Royals beat his team with a delivery left in the game. He gathered the ball from the deep after Buttler had completed the two runs that gave the Royals a truly extraordinary win. That ball had gone to the deep after an unnecessary throw from Shane Watson when there was no chance of a run-out. The resultant overthrow meant a loss to the Chennai Super Kings,” he wrote.
Gavaskar also said that Super Kings could have taken the game to super over had Archer faced the final ball.
“If Watson hadn’t thrown the ball it would have meant the scores were tied with one ball left. With a new batsman at the crease who hadn’t as yet faced a single delivery and who in fact had been dismissed the first ball he faced in his previous two games and if that had happened again then the match could have gone to the super over and who knows what would have happened then,” he opined.
Gavaskar further credited Buttler for firing Royals to the win in the must-win clash. The England star remained unbeaten on 95 to ace the chase. It was his fourth consecutive fifty in the competition.
“Not that Watson’s throw was the only reason the Chennai team lost. There was Jos Buttler’s superb batting that kept Rajasthan in the hunt and has given their campaign a boost as they take on Mumbai Indians. It’s once again a must-win game for both the teams as they are level on points and with the same number of games left to play,” he wrote.
Both the teams will clash against each other on Sunday. The losing team of this clash will be all but out of the contention for a playoff spot.