MS Dhoni Reacts Strongly To 2013 IPL Spot-Fixing Allegations
There is little denying the fact that MS Dhoni is one of the biggest legends in the history of the game and the most decorated skipper for India. The 37-year old is still the only captain to have won all the three ICC tournaments. Over 10,000 runs in ODIs, more than 600 dismissals as wicketkeepers across formats make him one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the history.
Dhoni’s IPL record is equally impressive. He is the only second captain after Rohit Sharma to win three IPL titles. Dhoni also guided Chennai Super Kings to two now-scrapped Champions League T20 titles. However, the legendary cricketer had to go through a very dark phase from 2013 when his name was dragged into IPL spot fixing scandal.
Both Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years on 2015 and the players were dragged into the controversy too. Dhoni has now opened up about those tough times in Hotstar’s docudrama ‘Roar of the Lion’.
The former India skipper has narrated how Super Kings endured the two-year suspension handed to it by the Lodha committee, its comeback and the other repercussions of the ban.
“Whatever I am today, whatever I have achieved is because of cricket. So the biggest crime that I can commit personally is not murder but match-fixing. It is not something that one person can do alone. If my name is involved in such a thing, it has a bigger impact. If people think a match is fixed based on the improbability of an outcome, then people lose their faith in cricket. I don’t think ever in my life I would deal with something that is harder than this,” said MS Dhoni.
About the wrongdoings from the players’ part, Dhoni questioned as to why were the players being blamed for what happened when no fault of the players were found.
“It was a mixed feeling then because you take a lot of things personally and, as a captain, question what did the team do wrong. Yes there was wrongdoing but were players or team members involved in this? What mistake did we make that we have to go through all of that?” he said.
This is the first time Dhoni has spoken about that scandal in public. Meanwhile, he will be looking to guide the Super Kings to the IPL title once again.
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