It looks like MS Dhoni is dusting off the rust match by match. The old war horse has not played for over a year and it took some time to get his bat to swing and time the ball. But he did it on Tuesday, in the final over against Rajasthan Royals, albeit CSK lost by 16 runs.
Though one might scratch his head after Dhoni took a poor DRS call and went on to clash with the umpire after appealing for a catch on the bounce. But to be optimistic, it might be the signs of staying away from all the action for a long period of time.
CSK were chasing a mammoth total of 217 runs. After openers Murali Vijay and Shane Watson charged at the Rajasthan Royals bowlers the franchise looked to have lost their intent in the chase. Sam Curran and Kedar Jadhav played cameo knocks but failed to keep going.
When Dhoni stepped out in the middle at No.7, Faf du Plessis was at the other end. The CSK captain was seen communicating with du Plessis and soon the South African began an onslaught on the RR bowlers. He kept the hopes alive for the Chennai franchise but his brave knock was brought to an end by Jofra Archer.
While du Plessis was at the crease, Dhoni calmly rotated the strike. He tried to find the gaps occasionally but failed to time it to perfection. Dhoni continued to bat in the same fashion even after Faf's departure. But in the final over, he decided to change his bat, and then went for three back-to-back sixes to bring a sigh of relief.
Though he started to free his arm a bit too late in the innings, it might act as a confidence booster going ahead in the tournament. Dhoni connecting the deliveries well bring back the memories of his prime.
The knock might also encourage him to step up the order in the upcoming matches and rejuvenate his lost touch.