In Qualifier 1 between CSK and GT, an incident occurred that captured attention and placed CSK captain Dhoni in the spotlight.
The highly anticipated final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 is set to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday (May 28), where the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will go head-to-head against the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT). CSK secured their place in the final by defeating GT in Qualifier 1, while GT emerged victorious over the Mumbai Indians (MI) in Qualifier 2.
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During the intense encounter of Qualifier 1 between CSK and GT, a significant incident occurred that captured widespread attention and thrust CSK skipper Dhoni into the spotlight.
In a crucial moment of the match, CSK was defending a challenging target against GT. During the course of the game, CSK captain Dhoni decided to entrust pace bowler Matheesha Pathirana with the responsibility of bowling the 16th over. Pathirana has been a reliable choice for Dhoni in the death overs. However, an issue arose when the umpires questioned Dhoni’s decision regarding Pathirana.
The situation arose because Pathirana had left the field for over 8 minutes after the 12th over, exceeding the allowed time limit. According to the rules, a player must spend an additional four minutes on the field before being allowed to resume bowling after such an absence. Dhoni, however, expressed his disagreement with the umpires and was adamant about not asking any other bowler to deliver the 16th over.
The argument between Dhoni and the umpires persisted for approximately four minutes, as both parties tried to resolve the situation. Eventually, the umpires allowed Pathirana to bowl, bringing an end to the dispute and allowing the game to continue.
Dhoni’s decision to engage in a prolonged argument with the umpires did not receive favorable reactions from numerous fans and critics. They voiced their opinions, suggesting that the CSK skipper intentionally extended the dispute to enable Pathirana to bowl the crucial 16th over. As a result, there were calls for Dhoni to face a ban from participating in the IPL 2023 final as a consequence of his actions.
It’s important to note that the perception and interpretation of the incident may vary among individuals, and opinions on the matter are subjective. Ultimately, any decision regarding Dhoni’s participation in the final rests with the IPL governing authorities, who will take into account all relevant factors and considerations before reaching a conclusion.
Will Dhoni be banned from IPL 2023 final?
No, Dhoni cannot be banned from playing in IPL 2023 final. A captain can get banned from paying a match only if he has repeated the slow-over rate offence thrice in the league. It is to be noted that Dhoni has been fined only once in IPL 2023 for slow over rate. Dhoni will surely lead CSK vs GT in the IPL 2023 final.
Ambati Rayudu has indeed announced his retirement from the IPL after the final of IPL 2023, marking the end of his 13-year journey in the tournament. Rayudu represented the Mumbai Indians initially and later joined the Chennai Super Kings.
Rayudu took to social media to share the news, posting a tweet stating, “2 great teams mi nd csk,204 matches,14 seasons,11 playoffs,8 finals,5 trophies. hopefully 6th tonight. It’s been quite a journey. I have decided that tonight’s final is going to be my last game in the Ipl. i truly have enjoyed playing this great tournament. Thank u all. No u turn.”
It’s worth mentioning that Rayudu had previously announced his retirement in 2022 through a tweet but later deleted it after discussions with the CSK team management. However, this time, his retirement announcement appears to be final.