The scenes of MS Dhoni getting run out in the World Cup 2019 semifinal against New Zealand is still vivid in the mind of fans. Expectations of the entire nation were upon Dhoni’s shoulders during the last few overs but a direct hit by Martin Guptill sent India in a state of shock. Dhoni was the last man standing between New Zealand and a certain place in the final.
That game eventually turned out to be Dhoni’s last game for India as he decided to retire last year. He scored a slow fifty but that wasn’t enough for his team to cross the line that day.
New Zealand knew how dangerous he could have been had that direct hit not been scored by Guptill. But as soon as the big screen flashed out, every New Zealand player started celebrating.
Jimmy Neesham was also on the ground during that game. He shared his thoughts on Dhoni’s dismissal recently on Twitter. A fan asked about his reactions before and after Dhoni’s wicket in that game. He replied, “Before: Cool we’re probably gonna win. After: Cool we’re definitely gonna win.”
See Neesham’s tweet;
Before: Cool we’re probably gonna win
After: Cool we’re definitely gonna win https://t.co/YaX1zXvyD7
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) June 4, 2021
For the unversed, India were chasing 240 for victory in that semi-final clash. While the target looked mediocre, the Men in Blue got off to a terrible start with Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli back in the pavilion with just five runs on the board.
However, Dhoni joined forces with Ravindra Jadeja and brought India back in the contest. While the southpaw scored a fiery 77, Dhoni was playing the anchor role. Everything went in vain at the end as New Zealand emerged victorious by 18 runs in that game.
Dhoni is still playing for Chennai Super Kings after his retirement. He will be, again, seen donning the yellows of CSK when the IPL 2021 resumes in September.