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Experts Unhappy As RCB’s ‘Celebrations’ Led To MS Dhoni Handshake Fiasco

Michael Vaughan also speculated on the possibility that this match could be Dhoni's last in the IPL, questioning whether RCB players would regret their decision not to show respect to the veteran cricketer.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: May 20, 2024 11:56 IST
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Royal Challengers Bangalore secured their place in the IPL 2024 playoffs with an impressive victory over Chennai Super Kings on Saturday in a thrilling match. Faf du Plessis’ team needed a win in their final league match to secure a Top 4 spot, and the atmosphere at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium was electric as they clinched the match by a 27-run margin. However, there was some criticism as MS Dhoni left the pitch without shaking hands, having waited for the celebrating RCB players. Social media videos captured the moment, prompting Virat Kohli to later go inside to speak with the veteran star.

During a discussion, former England cricket team captain Michael Vaughan criticized RCB players for not taking the time to shake hands with Dhoni after their match.

“I can see that with the RCB team. They enjoy a lot of support but they also wind out the people. We saw a lot of that tonight. I get that that they have never been in a position where they have won the IPL and they desperately made it to the eliminations. But you don’t wanna be one of those teams that everyone wants to lose,” Vaughan said.

Famous commentator Harsha Bhogle also joined the conversation, emphasizing that regardless of the occasion, players should always shake hands before proceeding with their celebrations.

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Harsha Bhogle emphasized the importance of sportsmanship, stating that regardless of the occasion, players should shake hands with the opposition before celebrating. He highlighted that even in a World Cup final, players display their emotions but still shake hands, which he considers one of the great aspects of cricket. Bhogle noted that shaking hands is symbolic of ending the competition and acknowledging that it was just a game, before returning to celebrate.

Vaughan also speculated about the possibility that the match could end up being Dhoni’s last in the IPL, and questioned whether the RCB players would regret their decision not to shake hands with him.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan expressed concern that if the match was indeed MS Dhoni’s last in the IPL, the RCB players might regret not showing awareness. He mentioned that instead of celebrating right away, they could have taken a moment to acknowledge Dhoni’s presence by shaking his hand. Vaughan emphasized that it would have been a simple act of respect before celebrating, and he wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of an RCB player realizing they missed that opportunity if Dhoni had just announced his retirement.

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First published on: May 20, 2024 11:56 AM IST

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