Former Indian captain MS Dhoni brought down curtains on his illustrious international career on Saturday via an Instagram post. MS Dhoni declared himself retired from international cricket after experts and fans continuously speculated about his future for over a year. Nevertheless, ahead of the 13th season of the IPL, Irfan Pathan has fired a warning to all the bowlers.
MS Dhoni was not only a game-changer for the Indian team but also one for his IPL side Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The 39-year-old, with 190 IPL games, is one of the most-capped players in history and maintains a strike rate of 137.85. As a captain, the keeper-batsman has guided the yellow army to three titles and playoffs every season that CSK has featured in.
One of MS Dhoni’s game-changing innings came in 2010 against Kings XI Punjab. In a must-win clash against Kumar Sangakkara’s side, CSK had to chase 193 and were in a bothersome spot at 89-3. He finished unbeaten at 54 off 29 deliveries that contained five fours and three sixes. The 39-year old won the match for his team by hammering a six off Pathan’s bowling. It was also the year that Chennai lifted the IPL trophy for the first time.
They will be very happy not to have to bowl to MS Dhoni: Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan mentioned that all the bowlers in the IPL whether active or retired, would not be comfortable bowling to MS Dhoni. The 35-year-old said that the veteran would be raring to go out in the middle and is confident that he will be in full flow.
“When it comes to playing in the IPL, I think all the bowlers, even the players who have retired, guys like me as well, they will be very happy not to have to bowl to MS Dhoni, because he is going to go with full flow. I am really looking forward to it, and all the bowlers, be careful,” the Baroda-born cricketer said as quoted by India Today.