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Bengaluru, Apr 22: It’s just Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni on Twitter. Thala for CSK fans, MS Dhoni seems to be getting younger with every passing day and hitting skills getting more raw power. It seems he is silencing his critics with the best way he knows–hitting them out of the stadium.

Mahi has become darling of Twitter, especially after hitting Umesh Yadav for a breathtaking six that went 111 metres. It happened on the second ball of the final over in the CSK versus RCB match.  

VIDEO OF 111-metre Six

With this the CSK captain has become the first Indian batsman to hit 200 sixes in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He achieved this feat during his sensational 84-run knock in Sunday’s game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which CSK lost by only one run.

Dhoni hit five fours and seven sixes during the course of his 48-ball inning, thus taking his overall IPL tally of maximums to 203. In the ongoing edition, the 37-year-old has so far hit 17 sixes.

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are next best Indian batsman in the list with both boasting of 190 sixes each in the IPL. RCB skipper RCB skipper Virat Kohli is not too far behind with 186 maximums to his name.

Overall, Chris Gayle has hit the maximum number of sixes in the IPL with a boasting number of 323, followed by AB de Villiers who has hit 204 maximums in the T20 tournament. Dhoni is third in the list.

Coming back to his sensational Sunday batting, with 26 needed off the final over, bowled by Umesh Yadav, RCB looked to have the game under their kitty.

However, the 37-year-old Dhoni went berserk, smashing 24 runs off the first five balls and gave his side the hope of confirming their playoffs berth. He missed the final delivery and Parthiv Patel affected a run out to give the home team a very important victory.

The knock by Dhoni was appreciated by many with RCB skipper Virat Kohli saying: “MS did what he does best and he gave us all a massive scare.”

Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif wrote on Twitter: “That was special from Dhoni. 26 needed of the last over and nearly pulling it off.”

Former left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi said that Star Sports should come out with a disclaimer “You will skip your heartbeat” whenever Dhoni is batting in the final over.

Commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted: “Uff! Some game! Cricket needs Dhoni to write its scripts.”

Krishnamachari Srikkanth also praised Dhoni’s knock and said: “What a knock by MS Dhoni , you just feel for him after being so close yet so far! Almost pulled of a miracle but now the cracks in CSKs batting is clear, need someone to support him up the order. What a match in the end.”

Cricketer-turned commentator Dean Jones termed MS Dhoni “a freak”.

News24 Bureau/ Agencies

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