WATCH: MS Dhoni sparks nostalgia with a breathtaking hat-trick of sixes against Hardik Pandya in MI vs CSK clash of IPL 2024

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By Margaretd. Regina

As the sun set over the iconic Wankhede Stadium, it wasn’t just the floodlights that illuminated the night sky. The 29th clash of IPL 2024 between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) brought forth a moment that rekindled memories, stirred emotions, and reignited the eternal love for cricket. At the heart of it all was none other than the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni, showcasing why he’s an emotion and more than just a cricketer for cricket enthusiasts.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dube shine

The match began with the promise of fireworks, but it was Ruturaj Gaikwad (69) and Shivam Dube (66) who truly set the stage on fire. Their aggressive batting laid a solid foundation for the Chennai Super Kings, but it was during the middle overs that the Mumbai Indians fought back fiercely, thanks to stellar performances by Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. Yet, just when it seemed like CSK might fall short of a daunting total, MS Dhoni (20 runs off 4 deliveries) strode in and played a storming knock to power CSK to a daunting total of 206/4.

MS Dhoni unleashes beast mode: Hardik Pandya bears the brunt

Dhoni’s entry into the crease was akin to the turning of a page in a thrilling novel. The crowd erupted in huge roar as he entered the stadium and the cheers further went up when he nonchalantly dispatched the first delivery for a towering six. But little did they know, this was just the beginning of an unforgettable chapter.

What followed was a spectacle that transcended the boundaries of time and space. With the precision of a master craftsman, Dhoni unleashed his full array of shots, sending the ball soaring into the Mumbai night sky thrice as he hammered Pandya for three consecutive sixes.

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Dhoni’s hat-trick of sixes against Pandya

The first six was a statement of intent and a reminder of Dhoni’s sheer power. The second was a testament to his unrivalled timing and technique, as he effortlessly dispatched the ball over the long-on boundary. But it was the third six that truly left the crowd in awe. A full toss on the pads was dispatched with disdain, sailing over deep square leg to complete a hat-trick of sixes.

In that moment, the Wankhede Stadium wasn’t just a cricket ground as it was a cauldron of emotions, with fans from both sides coming together to witness vintage Dhoni at work. For the veteran cricketer’s admirers, it was a trip down memory lane, reminding them of the countless occasions when Dhoni had single-handedly turned the tide of a match with his audacious strokeplay.

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