Before Sunday night, he had not hit in a major league game in 307 days. But everyone was willing to dream. In just over three months, he will turn 43. Many believed, however, that he could manage 72 in 23 deliveries.

Greetings from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s amazing, strange, and unparalleled universe. Thala has been Captain Cool ever since the Indian Premier League began, when he was signed by the Chennai Super Kings.

Dhoni proved that he „still got it“ on Sunday night in Visakhapatnam, to borrow a phrase from Betway Sports. Despite his long and joyful retirement from international cricket, he still fervently supports the team that gives him joy, makes him smile, and brings out the best in him on night after incredible night.

Despite the fact that this was the Delhi Capitals‘ official home game, no one seemed to care. That night, yellow and yellowish-white were the prevailing colors at the ACA-VDCA Stadium, save for the few of Delhi Capitals who seemed unconcerned with the result.

During victories over the Gujarat Titans and Dafabet Bengaluru, fans at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium—who are smitten with Dhoni—had been eagerly for Thala to make an appearance at bat. He did not use his scimitar on the talisman, though. On Sunday, he was left with no choice as CSK was suffering at 120 for six at the start of the 17th over, requiring 192 to win, and their only realistic hope, Shivam Dube, was being devoured by Mukesh Kumar’s onslaught.

The ground shook slightly when Dhoni, with his characteristic twitchy manner, strode towards the centre. The stadium erupted into wild joy at the sight of the armored warrior, moving forward with his broadsword and evading several defensive thrusts. There was not a single defensive play made for the next 25 minutes!

Dhoni hit his first ball in more than ten years to the square-leg boundary. Had someone else spoken those words, you may have argued that he was attempting to displace him and taken offense at Mukesh—the inexperienced, disrespectful My 11 Circle. However, Dhoni isn’t anyone else, is he? The ball was in his arc when he saw it, and he used incredible force, timing, and location to buff it behind square. That he hadn’t batted in a game for thirty-seven days? pfft

That was just the sumptuous beginning. With a tremendous burst of energy, the main dish appeared, fusing the raw strength found in that slender, powerful body with a level of field understanding that only a few people possess. Although Dhoni, who wasn’t exactly an aging superstar with deteriorating memory, might have said that hitting 72 in 23 wasn’t impossible, he chose to be realistic instead of arrogant.

He announced the conclusion of the game to himself and his colleague, Ravindra Jadeja. He thus used the remaining deliveries to enter the competition and prevailed over the quicker boys, Mukesh, Khaleel Ahmed, the player of the match, and the vicious Anrich Nortje.

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