India vs Australia: MS Dhoni weathers storm

Indian cricket player Mahendra Singh Dhoni bats during the first one-day international cricket match between India and Australia in Chennai, India, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

It’s the third delivery of the 19th over.

MS Dhoni skips down the track and looks to push an Adam Zampa delivery away, but gets an inside edge to short fine leg. He sets off for a non-existent run, Kedar Jadhav isn’t interested. He sends Dhoni back. However, it’s the agony, anxiety and pained calls of “No… No… No,” from the stands that would have rung louder in Dhoni’s ears than Jadhav’s call. The wicket-keeper batsman gets back safely and there is relief all around.

Three overs later, Dhoni pats a Marcus Stoinis ball into the covers and sets off again. It’s a fairly big headstart — one from which it appears almost impossible to return. He finds himself nearly halfway down the track when Jadhav again sends him back. By now, hundreds of hands are on heads. A thousand cries of “No!” reverberate inside the MA Chidambaram Stadium, coupled with despairing screams of “Get back!”. There is a collective intake of breath. Fans are out of their seats as if trying to form an invisible force field that keeps Dhoni from running himself out.

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Fans are out of their seats as if trying to form an invisible force field that keeps Dhoni from running himself out.

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