‘I Wasn’t Able To Control My Emotions Because I Knew MS Dhoni Was Out’: PBKS Player On Using DRS To Dismiss MSD

Jitesh Sharma

Every bowler’s goal is to get MS Dhoni’s wicket at some point. Even though Dhoni is still playing in the IPL despite having retired from international cricket, every bowler aims for Dhoni’s wicket whenever a team faces the Chennai Super Kings.

While it was a great occasion for the South African bowler, 28-year-old Jitesh Sharma was equally pleased because it was him who grabbed the catch to remove Dhoni during the 11th encounter between Punjab Kings and CSK this year. 

Jitesh Sharma, MS Dhoni
Jitesh Sharma, MS Dhoni. (Photo: IPL)

Jitesh Sharma Recalls The DRS Appeal That Took The Wicket Of MS Dhoni

Sharma’s usage of the Decision Review System, which Dhoni is an expert in, to secure the wicket made the occasion even more enjoyable.

While the umpire first ruled that Dhoni was out caught down the leg side by Rahul Chahar, Sharma was confident that a bat was involved and persuaded his skipper Mayank Agarwal to go upstairs.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image: BCCI/IPL

After closer inspection, the ultra-edge discovered a spike as the ball passed the bat, and Dhoni was subsequently ruled out. 

“It was just an instinct. I give my 100 percent whenever I walk out into the field. One can even say I put out my 110 percent. That’s the kind of person I am. I love to win and I want to be on the ground be it fielding, batting, planning, strategizing, be it in any capacity – I want to be on the field.

It was an instinctive appeal. I just had a feeling that there was a wooden sound and I should go for an appeal. I know that I was not able to control my emotions because I knew that MS Dhoni sir was out,” Sharma told Dr. Yash Kashikar on his show ‘Say Yash to Sports’ 

Jitesh Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)
Jitesh Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

In the game, Dhoni’s departure was an important turning moment. CSK were in danger with 98/7 and PBKS defending 180, but there remained hope as long as Dhoni was batting. The CSK captain’s innings, however, was cut short at 23, and PBKS then shut down CSK to 126 to win the game by 54 runs. 

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Kagiso Rabada Told Me ‘Don’t Smash Me In International Cricket’: Jitesh Sharma

Kagiso Rabada Told Me 'Don't Smash Me In International Cricket': Jitesh Sharma

Punjab Kings wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma shared an amusing conversation with the South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada during their time as teammates in IPL 2022.

The 28-year-old was bought by Punjab Kings in the IPL 2022 auction for his base price of INR 20 lakhs. Sharma has been impressive with his pinch-hitter role in the slog overs. The PBKS gloveman scored 234 runs in 12 innings, striking at 163.64.

Kagiso Rabada Told Me 'Don't Smash Me In International Cricket': Jitesh Sharma

Kagiso Rabada told me not to smash him in international cricket: Jitesh Sharma

Jitesh remained unbeaten on 38 off 18 deliveries in a match against Rajasthan Royals, his innings was laced with four boundaries and a couple of sixes during his handy cameo to push PBKS’ score to 189/5.

On his IPL debut against CSK, Jitesh hit 26 in 17 balls, smashing three sixes against the likes of Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja and Mukesh Choudhary.

“After the last match, Kagiso Rabada called me up, asked me to sit beside him and said ‘do you think you can play for India?’. I said ‘KG, I don’t think about the future. I try to focus on every match, taking it one match at a time and concentrate on every single day.’ He said ‘I think, in a few years, I’m going to bowl to you in international cricket, just don’t smash me,” Jitesh told sports presenter Yash Kashikar during a live session on the latter’s Instagram handle.

Kagiso Rabada Rishi Dhawan
Kagiso Rabada, Rishi Dhawan and Arshdeep Singh. Image: BCCI/IPL

Jonny Bairstow always came up to guide me and gave me a lot of feedback: Jitesh Sharma

Jitesh kept the wickets for PBKS ahead of England’s Jonny Bairstow, who dominated with his power-hitting skills in the recently-concluded Test series against New Zealand. The Punjab player mentioned his fanboy moment with Bairstow in the PBKS camp.

“I tried to grab as much knowledge as possible from Jonny. I still remember 2-3 years back, I used to copy his stance. I saw him hitting a hundred and smashing the Australian team, and became his fan. He is a brilliant man who always came up to guide me and gave me a lot of feedback because he wants to see me on a bigger level,” Jitesh said.

Punjab Kings finished sixth on the points table in IPL 2022, and hence, they failed to qualify for the playoffs for eight years in a row.

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3 Punjab Kings (PBKS) Players That Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Can Target In IPL 2023

PBKS vs CSK, Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings

Punjab Kings had another season where they did not deliver as expected of them. They finished sixth on the points table. Chennai Super Kings too did not have the best of seasons after a title-winning season in 2021.

From change in captaincy to players being unavailable and underperforming, the side had many problems throughout the IPL 2022 season. By the end of the season, they won just four and lost as many as 10 games to finish ninth on the points table.

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. Photo-IPL
MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. Photo-IPL

However, CSK fans had something to cheer about MS Dhoni confirmed of playing another season in yellow. He spoke about ensuring that he forms the core of the side by the time the season finishes next year.

IPL 2023 will be played in April-May next year. Ahead of the season, there will be a mini-auction where the franchises will seek for players who fit their team combination by releading the players they did not use the previous year. All the teams will follow this exercise which allows Chennai Super Kings to churn out the best players from the other teams. In this article, we take a look at three Punjab Kings players CSK can target for IPL 2023.

3 Punjab Kings (PBKS) Players That Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Can Target In IPL 2023

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo: IPL)

Dhawan is among the most consistent Indian batters in the IPL. He has scored over 5000 runs and during his stay with Delhi Capitals, he scored over 1200 runs for the side in three seasons. An experienced batsman like Dhawan will be a huge boost for a side like CSK which is going through a transitional phase.

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