IPL 2024
Maheesh Theekshana’s Costly Drop Gifts Riyan Parag A Reprieve
By CricShots - May 12, 2024 5:23 pm
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In a crucial IPL 2024 encounter between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, experienced Sri Lankan spinner Maheesh Theekshana endured a forgettable day on the field, notably dropping a simple catch that granted Riyan Parag a lifeline. The incident unfolded during the twelfth over of RR’s innings, with the team seeking to accelerate their scoring after the dismissal of Jos Buttler.

Maheesh Theekshana
Maheesh Theekshana dropped a dolly

As CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja delivered the first ball of his over, Parag attempted an audacious reverse sweep. While he made contact with the ball, the lack of elevation resulted in a flat shot towards the deep backward point fence.

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Theekshana, stationed in the fielding position, had a straightforward task of judging the trajectory and securing the catch. However, in a disappointing display of fielding, the Lankan spinner failed to grasp the opportunity, dropping what could be deemed one of the easiest catches of the season.

 

The lapse in fielding left both Ravindra Jadeja and the CSK fans visibly unimpressed. Nonetheless, CSK managed to apply pressure on RR’s run rate, courtesy of Simarjeet Singh’s exceptional bowling performance, which included three crucial wickets. At the time of writing, RR stood at 108 for three in 16.2 overs, with Dhruv Jurel and Riyan Parag holding the fort.

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Reflecting on the toss, RR skipper Sanju Samson expressed optimism about the pitch conditions, highlighting the absence of dew in the day game. He emphasized the team’s dedication to their practice sessions and their commitment to giving their all in the match. Similarly, CSK captain Ruturaj Gaikwad downplayed the significance of winning the toss, anticipating consistent pitch behavior throughout the game. He reiterated the team’s focus on addressing areas for improvement and executing their game plan effectively.