IPL 2019: MS Dhoni enjoys a fan base like no-one else. He is received with rousing receptions and is treated like a demi-god figure wherever he goes. It was no different in Hyderabad after the home team SRH beat table-toppers CSK by six wickets. Dhoni may not have played the match, but that certainly did not lead to a dip in his fandom. SRH fans were heard chanting ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ inside the Hyderabad metro after the match was over. It is nothing like you have seen before, this was fan following of the next level. Also Read - Virat Kohli Breaks MS Dhoni's Record With 10-Wicket Win Over England in Pink-Ball Test, Register His 22nd Test Win on Home Soil
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Meanwhile, Dhoni missed his first game as CSK captain since 2010 due to a back spasm. He played football and rolled his arms over in the nets at Hyderabad but did not take a chance considering it is a long league and he needs to be 100 per cent fit before he takes the field. Suresh Raina led CSK in place of Dhoni.
” I think it is a very good wake up call. I think we didn’t put a decent score on the board and kept losing wickets. Faf and Watson gave us a good start but we could not capitalize. We lost too many wickets in between and that’s why it cost us the game. We should have looked for partnerships and should have rotated our strike better. Hence, we were 30 runs short. He (MS Dhoni) is feeling better,” said stand-in skipper Suresh Raina at the post-match presentation.