When Chennai Super Kings lost to Punjab Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday, it was their second loss in their previous two games.
After the defeat, the CSK fans who had traveled to the stadium to cheer on their side left wishing they had seen more, but at least they had seen CSK captain MS Dhoni on the field.
Following the dismissal of Ravindra Jadeja in the last over of the first innings, Dhoni entered the batting order at position number six.
The legendary theme from Rajinikanth's 1995 film “Baashha” played almost as if on cue as the adored captain entered the field, whipping up the audience.
The film, which is regarded as one of the greatest in Tamil cinema history, went on to shatter several box office records. In this region of the nation, the movie's theme song has long been a favorite and guarantees shivers anytime it is played.
The scene was made more gorgeous by the sight of Dhoni striding out to the center field to the music's rhythms. Dhoni then scored 13 runs off the four balls he faced.
Dhoni, affectionately known as “Thala” by the yellow faithful, hit two sixers in the last over, satisfying any CSK supporters who had paid a premium to enter the stadium.
Dhoni's cameo enabled CSK to score 200 runs overall as they took advantage of Devon Conway's outstanding 92-run unbroken innings.
Shikhar Dhawan, the captain, and Prabsimran Singh gave PBKS a strong start in the chase. They built up a 50-run partnership for the first wicket before Dhawan was bowled by Tushar Deshpande.
In order to give PBKS two points, Sikandar Raza and Shahrukh Khan successfully finished off the Punjab chase after Prabsimran's 42 runs off 24 deliveries and Liam Livingstone's 40 runs off 24 deliveries stabilized the Punjab chase and took them close to victory.