A sea of yellow descended in the stadium wherever the legendary cricketer arrived to lead the Super Kings in one of the biggest domestic T20 competitions in the world. The chants of ‘Dhoni-Dhoni’ were akin to every venue where the former India captain came out to bat and field. Read: Best 11 From IPL 2023 League Stage
MS Dhoni remains a fan favourite in IPL 2023
Due to the presence of the four-time IPL-winning captain in Dhoni, CSK never felt playing away from home for even the ‘away’ games gave the feel of ‘home’ games. Dhoni fans came in big numbers wearing the yellow and waving CSK flags and outnumbered the home team supporters during the clash against Chennai.
During Chennai Super Kings’ last league game in IPL 2023 against Delhi Capitals, which was held at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on May 20, the iconic venue was once again filled with passionate Dhoni supporters. IPL 2023: MS Dhoni leading CSK by example despite a problematic knee is commendable, says Anjum Chopra
Fans braved the scorching sun of a hot summer afternoon in Delhi to watch their favourite cricketer play in the IPL match of the season in the national capital. The chants of ‘Dhoni-Dhoni’ and ‘CSK-CSK’ reverberated in the stadium as Dhoni marshalled his troops well in what was a must-win game for them.
Fan untouched by MS Dhoni-Mania
However, a video is going viral on social media where one cricket fan was unfazed by the Dhoni-mania at the iconic venue. Sitting in the top tier of the stands, the elderly fan was spotted flying a kite. He was captured on the mobile camera of other spectators flying a kite. IPL 2023: Best 11 From League Stage of Season 16 – MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal miss out
— Out Of Context Cricket (@GemsOfCricket) May 22, 2023
Other videos also showed a kite falling to the ground and a CSK player, on the bench, stepping inside the field to remove the fallen kite. The entire scene surprised fans as they couldn’t believe that someone was more interested in kite than watching Dhoni play. GT vs CSK, IPL 2023 Qualifier 1: Virender Sehwag reveals GT’s ‘Trump Card’ ahead of CSK clash
Another POV: pic.twitter.com/eUKSHXJ4Is
— bishthemant96 (@bishthemant96) May 22, 2023
Following their win over Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings qualified for the playoffs and with the help of a better net run rate, the five-time champions finished as the second-ranked team in the points table. The Dhoni-led side, thus, finished in the top four for the twelfth time in 14 seasons.
CSK will now face defending champions Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday (May 23) at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The winner of this game will enter the final while the losing team will have to wait for the winner of Eliminator (between LSG and MI) in Qualifier 2, scheduled on May 26.
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