Chennai: On receiving a loud cheer from the crowd, coming in to bat at no.5, at a time when Team India was in deep trouble, MS Dhoni treated the Chepauk faithful with a gritty knock dragging the hosts to a target of 281-7 in the 1st ODI vs Australia on Sunday.
The former India skipper was hailed for his match-winning knock, but it wouldn’t have lasted long as Hilton Cartwright granted a lifeline to Dhoni by failing to strike the stumps on a run-out opportunity during the 22nd over of the Indian innings.
Dhoni took time to settle at the crease and looked for another single before being involved in a mix-up with Kedar Jadhav at the other end. The 36-year-old drove a fullish delivery to the covers and was suddenly caught stranded in the middle of the pitch, As Jadhav stood still at the other end.
Cartwright at short extra-cover took a shy at the stumps but hurried with his chance where Dhoni wasn’t even in the frame. Displeased by the call at the opposite end, Dhoni responded with a serious stare to the Mumbai batsman, followed by a shake of the head.
The pressure soon took a toll on Jadhav, as he miscued his pull the next ball straight to Cartwright at midwicket.
Here's what Twitterati had to say:
"Dhoni should be given pitch dark black googles by BCCI. Poor Jadhav got scared with that angry stare by Dhoni after the missed run out.— MD MUSLIM KHAN (@MdMuslimKhan2) September 17, 2017
India: 87/5 , jadhav back to where he belongs after that dhoni stare. 😂— Ajay Yadav (@ajay1603) September 17, 2017
Kedar Jadhav got so much scared after MS Dhoni's angry stare that he got out the next ball. #INDvAUS— Rohan Sengupta (@GarryDevilDada) September 17, 2017
Dhoni's stare is a real thing.— Jitender Singh (@j_dhillon6) September 17, 2017
Dhoni's stare at jadhav was a subtle anger.#INDvAUS— Sushmã 🇮🇳🏏 (@CricketLuvInd) September 17, 2017
Dhoni stare gave Australia that wicket 😂— Sahil Mehan (@mehansahil) September 17, 2017
One stare by thala dhoni is enough to turn your men in blue into black n blue 😌— Od (@odshek) July 15, 2017
Kedar jadhav had a Wonderful opportunity today but failed yet again.— Boring... (@graphicalcomic) September 17, 2017
Time for him to go for kedarnath Yatra !!#INDvAUS
Kedar Jadhav And Ms Dhoni Were Need To Talk After That Collusion It Cost Wicket Really Next Ball #INDvAUS— Sanket Shahane (@TheRoyalThug) September 17, 2017
Jadhav didnt fall for his wicket.He fell for his Karma of making attempt to make Dhoni Run-out😝Life is a Boomerang.Well played thou #INDvAUS— 🎀Neha🎀 (@neha10ulkar) September 17, 2017