- Nasima Akter
Rinku Singh Receives 'Special Gift' from MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bid farewell to their home ground, the MA Chidambaram Stadium, with a heartfelt lap of honor after their match against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday. Despite facing a defeat in what might be their last home game this season if they fail to qualify for the playoffs, the CSK players made sure to show their gratitude to the loyal fans who had supported them throughout. The star of the evening was none other than the charismatic captain, MS Dhoni.
After the match, the CSK players took the opportunity to interact with the fans, capturing memorable moments through selfies and even hitting tennis balls into the crowd using racquets. The atmosphere was filled with excitement and appreciation as the players expressed their gratitude for the unwavering support they had received.
In a heartwarming gesture, MS Dhoni presented a special gift to KKR batsman Rinku Singh, who happened to be a fan of the CSK captain. Dhoni signed Rinku's KKR jersey, leaving a lasting memento for the young player. The signed jersey became a symbol of the bond between the two cricketers and was shared on social media by the Kolkata Knight Riders, capturing the attention and admiration of fans.
This is not the first time that MS Dhoni gifted a signed jersey. The captain previously met with the Oscar-winning team of the movie 'The Elephant Whisperers' before their game against the Delhi Capitals (DC) on May 10. Dhoni gave customized jerseys to director Kartiki Gonsalves and the couple Bellie and Bomman during the meeting at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. It was a touching gesture from the 41-year-old cricketer.
Turning the focus to the match itself, CSK won the toss and chose to bat first, setting a target of 145 runs. Despite facing a few early setbacks, CSK managed to reach a respectable total of 144 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. Shivam Dube played a crucial unbeaten innings of 48 runs, supported by Devon Conway (30 runs) and Ravindra Jadeja (20 runs).
Sunil Narine proved to be the standout bowler for KKR, taking 2 wickets for just 15 runs in his four overs.
In response, KKR found themselves in a spot of bother at 33 for 3. However, a remarkable partnership of 99 runs between skipper Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh turned the tide in favor of KKR. Nitish played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 57 runs, while Rinku contributed a valuable 54 runs, leading their team to a comfortable victory with six wickets in hand and 9 balls to spare.
Although the result did not go in favor of CSK, the lap of honor and the special gesture from MS Dhoni ensured that the fans left the stadium with a sense of appreciation and fulfillment. The CSK players' commitment to acknowledging their supporters and making the matchday experience memorable showcased their humility and gratitude.
As the IPL season progresses, the Chennai Super Kings will be aiming to regain their winning momentum and secure a spot in the playoffs. Regardless of the outcome, their bond with the fans and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed throughout the lap of honor will forever remain etched in the memories of cricket enthusiasts.