New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham took down his Tweet regarding Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s controversial run-out in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final against Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Dhoni’s run-out became the talking point after MI edged CSK by one runs to win their fourth IPL title. Neesham also took to social media to weigh in on the drama and his post read (which has been deleted now): “I love how passionate some fans are about our sport. I have huge respect for MS (Dhoni) but how anyone could see the below photo and say it’s not out truly astounds me.”
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After his reaction, Neesham was bombarded with Tweets from CSK fans, trying to prove how Dhoni was not-out.
The aforementioned comment is just one of many such replies on Neesham’s post. The Kiwi cricketer then decided to pull down his Tweet in order to end this ordeal on social media.
His second post read: “ I’ve deleted my tweet about MS Dhoni’s runout, not because I’ve changed my mind, but because: 1. I’m sick of seeing the same dumb comments in my feed 200 times a day. 2. I just don’t actually care. Please don’t bother tweeting me about it again. Have a good day everyone.
The entire drama unfolded in the 13th over when CSK was trailing by 68 runs. With CSK chasing 150 which was a below par total considering the pitch, Mumbai bowlers turned the game around by picking up the wickets of Faf du Plessis (26), Suresh Raina (8) and Ambati Rayudu (1) in quick succession. Dhoni walked in to bat with the score on 73/3 and the match hanging in balance.
Though fingers crossed, the CSK fans were confident the match will turn in their favour, given their ‘Thala’ was on the pitch. However, they were left disappointed as Dhoni was run out on a Hardik Pandya delivery for 2 of 8 balls.
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While one of the commentators called for Dhoni to be given out based on one angle, other commentators were not so sure and thought the benefit of the doubt and the inconclusive nature of the replays would see the third umpire rule in the batsman’s favour.
Even Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai Indians mentor, believed that Dhoni’s run-out was the key moment in the game. Mumbai Indians went on to win the game becoming the first team to lift the IPL trophy for the fourth time.
May 16, 2019 13:24 IST
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