Video: Did MS Dhoni Intentionally Stall Play For 4 Minutes To Get Matheesha Pathirana Bowl?

MS Dhoni seemed to have brought the play to a halt ahead of the 16th over of Gujarat Titans' chase, buying a few minutes for Chennai Super Kings pacer Matheesha Pathirana to make him eligible to bowl.

One of the greatest captains of his generation MS Dhoni has an arrangement in his mind, regardless of the circumstance his group is in, and he will give his best to keep his arrangements on course. During the Qualifier 1 standoff against Gujarat Titans in the Indian Head Association (IPL) 2023 on Tuesday, MS Dhoni hoped to have purposefully slowed down the game for around four minutes, just to guarantee that Matheesha Pathirana became qualified to bowl once more. The play had come to a halt before the start of the 16th over, with Dhoni involved in a debate with the on-field officials.

Dhoni needed to blow away Pathirana in the sixteenth however the authorities informed the CSK captain that the Sri Lankan wasn’t qualified as he had been off the field longer than he was on it. The Thala would have rather not changed his arrangements, expecting to give Pathirana the sixteenth, eighteenth, and twentieth overs.

He was then associated with an extended discussion with the umpires, and some CSK players likewise went along with him as there was no play feasible for close to 4 minutes.

Responding to the episode, Sunil Gavaskar said in the analysis box: “You acknowledge the umpire’s choice. Regardless of whether the umpire misses the point at times in high-pressure circumstances.”

For Guajrat Titans, Vijay Shankar and Rashid Khan were in the center when the occurrence occurred. The team couldn’t do much as Dhoni appeared to have purposefully chosen to stop play until Pathirana became qualified to bowl.

“I think he (Pathirana) was out (of) just a tad and had a brief period to in any case make up. So I think the game dialed back there,” Vijay Shankar said at the post-match presser.

“I don’t have the foggiest idea, I went there to get some tattle (chuckles) however didn’t get it,” said Ruturaj Gaikwad who was one of the CSK players encompassing Dhoni.

At the point when Pathirana went onto the field to bowl, he finished his share of overs and furthermore got the wicket of Shankar.

The over-rate punishment was definitely not a major issue for Dhoni who needed to execute his arrangements flawlessly and book a spot in the last. CSK wound up doing as such, getting a 15-run triumph over the reigning champs.