MS Dhoni made his much-awaited entry in the Indian Premier League 2024 during a match against DC on Sunday, March 31st at the ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vizag. Entering at the No. 8 position in the 17th over, Dhoni faced Mukesh Kumar’s short ball, dispatching it for a boundary through deep square leg.

Despite a chance for dismissal in the second ball, courtesy of a dropped catch by Khalil Ahmed at point, Dhoni’s subsequent shot through the covers off the final ball of the over further ignited the crowd’s madness. The stadium erupted as Dhoni strode out to bat, his bat circulate in a circular motion. The excitement peaked when he promptly struck his first delivery for four. Undeterred by the missed opportunity, Dhoni capitalized on the Delhi bowling attack, showcasing his trademark brilliance.

In a sensational display, Dhoni took on Anrich Nortje in the final over, plundering 20 runs. With an unbeaten 37 runs from just 17 balls, Dhoni chase the chase, carefully denying strike to Jadeja in the last two overs. His vintage knock, comprising 3 sixes and 4 boundaries,cemented his reputation as one of cricket’s most beloved icons. After losing the first two games of the IPL 2024 season, the Delhi Capitals registered their first win by 20 runs beating the defending champions Chennai Super Kings by runs .

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