MS Dhoni has made it a point to connect with young players from opposing teams, passing on his wisdom and experience. The number of post-match encounters with the Chennai Super Kings captain has increased since Dhoni retired from international cricket.
MS Dhoni brightened the day of Mumbai Indians spinner Kumar Kartikeya on Thursday by presenting him with a signed match ball. As he climbed up the stairs of the Mumbai dressing room, the 24-year-old from Uttar Pradesh flaunted the match ball from MS Dhoni, displaying his cherished possession in front of the camera.
IPL 2022: Watch – Kumar Kartikeya Flaunts Match Ball Signed By MS Dhoni After Win vs CSK:
Imagine getting a signed MS Dhoni match ball 🤩#TATAIPL – Truly a tournament where talent meets opportunity! 🙌💙#OneFamily #DilKholKe #MumbaiIndians #CSKvMI @Kartike54075753 MI TV pic.twitter.com/umMV9xucDJ
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 13, 2022
Kumar Kartikeya Bowled Well Against Chennai Super Kings
In Mumbai Indians’ 5-wicket triumph against Chennai Super Kings, Kartikeya excelled, taking two wickets and giving just 22 runs in four overs. The left-arm spinner took Dwayne Bravo’s wicket, ending a promising partnership between the West Indian and Dhoni.
Last week, Kartikeya was brought in as a replacement for the injured Mohd Arshad Khan. The 24-year-old Uttar Pradesh spinner had played nine first-class matches, 19 List A games, and eight T20s, taking 35, 18 and 9 wickets respectively, and was a member of Mumbai Indians’ net-bowling group. Kartikeya, who had to leave his home when he was a child, struggled to make ends meet as a daily wage labourer.
In their IPL 2022 match against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday, Dhoni scored a strong 36 not out, guiding the CSK innings despite losing partners at regular intervals. CSK were bowled out for 97, only the second time in the IPL that they have been bowled out for less than 100 runs.
Dhoni, on the other hand, continued his strong form this season, smashing four boundaries and two sixes. He stayed unbeaten. CSK were formally eliminated though, from the playoff race as a result of their loss.