Cricket   |   April 13, 2023

Matthew Hayden raises concerns over MS Dhoni’s fitness after CSK’s second IPL 2023 defeat

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden has raised concerns for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans after sharing news about the injury of CSK skipper, MS Dhoni. Dhoni’s team suffered their second defeat in IPL 2023 as they were beaten by Rajasthan Royals by three runs on April 12th. The game was played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, which also marked Dhoni’s 200th match as captain of the four-time champions.

After CSK’s loss, Hayden highlighted that Dhoni’s fitness could be a concern for the Yellow Army. Hayden noticed Dhoni hobbling during the game, and remarked that the 41-year-old is normally quite swift between the 22 yards, but that wasn’t the case during this game against Rajasthan. Enhance your IPL viewing experience with attractive cricket betting odds from 1xBet.

“We will not give fans the false expectations that nothing’s wrong. There is definitely something wrong with MS Dhoni. His running between the wickets is usually quite electric, which was not there today,” Hayden told broadcasters after the match.

Hayden observed that as the innings progressed, Dhoni was limping heavily, and therefore there are questions marks, which Dhoni will have to answer along with the medical staff. However, Dhoni looked in fine form with the bat, hitting remarkable sixes. He scored an unbeaten 32 off 17 balls, forming a significant partnership with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (25* off 15 balls).

After the match, CSK head coach, Stephen Fleming revealed that the skipper is nursing a knee injury. Dhoni won the toss and invited RR to bat first. The visitors set a 176-run target, with opener Jos Buttler scoring a half-century. For CSK, Akash Singh, Tushar Deshpande, and Ravindra Jadeja grabbed two wickets each and Moeen Ali scalped one.

During the chase, CSK lost their key wickets early. Dhoni and Jadeja came close to winning the match, but Sandeep Sharma’s excellent bowling allowed RR to beat CSK by three runs.

Fans will be concerned about Dhoni’s injury, as he has played a pivotal role in CSK’s success over the years. With six more matches left for CSK in the group stage, the team management will hope that Dhoni will be able to recover in time and lead the team from the front. Bet on a variety of sports and improve your experience with 1xBet Sports betting lines.