‘MS Dhoni is the greatest finisher; the face of IPL'
MS Dhoni powered CSK to their second win in IPL 2022 against Mumbai Indians on April 21
His last over blitz against Jaydev Unadkat saw him finish a match from the jaws of defeat
Hailing Dhoni's finishing skill, Irfan Pathan said the former captain is the ultimate finisher of world cricket
MS Dhoni, at 40, is still reading the bowlers much better than many young established batters in the ongoing season of IPL. His understanding of the game in slog overs, and ability to retain shape till the end of the match enables him to finish games by unleashing big shots. Dhoni is the toast to the IPL 2022, thanks to his last over blitz against Mumbai Indians bowler Jaydev Unadkat on April 21, Thursday. It is a routine task for Dhoni which made him a reputable finisher of the game.
Dhoni’s performance against Mumbai Indians saw Chennai Super Kings win their second match of IPL 2022 last week. His 16 off the last four balls, bowled by Unadkat, comprised a six, two fours and two. The mind-boggling last over finish caught the imagination of fans. With this performance, Dhoni proved why he is hailed as the ultimate finisher in the tournament.
"MS Dhoni is the greatest finisher in the history of IPL. Year after year, someone else has been joining this list but no one has been able to displace Dhoni. He is the identity of this league, its true ambassador. MSD and AB de Villiers have been the biggest finishers in the history of IPL, but Dhoni is at the forefront of it,” Pathan said speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports.
"He is the greatest. If we talk about this season, it is pertinent to mention the names of Rahul Tewatia, Dinesh Karthik, Shimron Hetmyer because they have been finishing the games continuously for their teams. But when it comes to the ultimate finisher, obviously only one name will come to mind and that is Dhoni's."
Pathan also said that despite CSK languishing at the bottom half of the points table, no team can still take the defending champions lightly because of their sheer experience and previous incidents of comebacks.
"No team can make the mistake of underestimating CSK. This is a team which knows how to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This team has done it many times and that is why it has always been the most dangerous side in the history of the league,” said Pathan.