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After CSK’s Defeat to RCB, MS Dhoni Leaves Field Without Handshakes

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Despite the many highs and lows in his remarkable career, MS Dhoni must have found it difficult to accept the Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) May 18 IPL 2024 loss to Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). Dhoni is a legendary wicketkeeper-batter.

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Since this was predicted to be Dhoni’s last season playing professionally, he would have preferred to go out on a high note. Despite having a knee problem, the 42-year-old managed to play in all 14 of Chennai’s games this season. Following CSK’s 27-run defeat by RCB on Saturday, it appeared as though the Men in Yellow’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 campaign was coming to an end.

In a video uploaded by a fan present at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, a downhearted Dhoni was seen leaving the field, skipping the customary handshakes with the opposition players after the pulsating clash. He did greet the RCB support staff on his way out.

Earlier, Ruturaj Gaikwad won the toss and invited RCB to bat first. Faf du Plessis led from the front with the bat and scored a 39-ball 54. His fellow opening partner, Virat Kohli, smashed a 29-ball 47 when the pitch wasn’t looking easy to bat on. The likes of Rajat Patidar, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik, and Glenn Maxwell played impactful knocks to take the hosts to 218/5 in their 20 overs.

In order to maintain their lead over RCB in the standings and secure a spot in the playoffs, Chennai needed to score 201. After dropping two wickets in the first three overs, Rachin Ravindra salvaged the innings with a magnificent 61 off 37 balls. Even though Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja played well in the end, their team was unable to advance to the playoffs. RCB eventually shut out CSK for 191/7 to win the match by 27 runs. On Wednesday, May 22, Du Plessis and Company will be playing in the Eliminator. The league stage concludes on Sunday, May 19, when their opponents will be announced.
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