First, the loud cheer after Rahane got out. Not because the crowd was supporting the SRK-owned KKR. It was because one of their favorite heroes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, walked in to bat. Then, a flashy boundary and a couple of signature sixes got the crowd going. Later, when Kolkata Knight Riders started their run chase and Narine threatened to run away with yet another useful cameo, that astonishing run out. And then, along with the crowd in the stadium, Twitterati goes mad too.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in many ways, is a superhero; a superhero the crowd celebrates endearingly. It was the third over of the innings. Off the fourth ball of Washington Sundar, Gambhir just directed one towards short fine-leg. Narine saw an opportunity to steal a single so that he would get on strike and try and deal Sundar a couple of lusty blows.
Narine starts running, crosses the half-way mark; gathers every bit of energy from all muscles possible; sprints; and just when he thinks he has made it, the superhero gets into action. It’s as if he was the master who specifically narrated the ball, his deputy, its destiny and the ball wilfully and obediently obliged; In real time, it looked unreal. In slow motion, it looked ridiculously quick. Dhoni didn’t have the time to pick up, turn and dislodge the bails. By the time he did that, Narine would have been settled in the crease, gearing up to dispatch Sundar over the forbidden boundary.
In the fraction of second that Dhoni had after the fielder hurled the ball towards him, Dhoni’s calculation was clear. He simply had to do a…..well.. MSD! Since he didn’t have the luxury of time, he simply had to collect it, trust his gut and throw it towards the stumps and hope it hit the wood. MSD’s gut is flawless; and so is he. Narine was caught gasping for air, short of his crease, and MSD had done an MSD yet again! Superhuman, absolutely superhuman, we tell you.
And then the usual Tweets followed.