Match-fixing bigger crime than murder: Dhoni recalls CSK suspension in documentary teaser
In a teaser of a new documentary on Chennai Super Kings’ two-year suspension, Dhoni said even he was accused of wrongdoing. CSK were handed a two-year suspension before they returned to IPL in 2018.
- The team was involved. I was accused too. It was a tough phase for all of us: MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni who had remained tight-lipped about the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise’s two-year suspension has emotionally recalled the tough days in a teaser of a soon-to-be-released documentary.
Stressing that he thinks match-fixing is a bigger crime than murder, MS Dhoni pointed out that even he was accused of wrongdoing when CSK was suspended in 2015 over betting activities of their key officials.
“The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder. It’s actually match-fixing. The team was involved. I was accused too. It was a tough phase for all of us,” Dhoni tells in the teaser of Hotstar’s documentary.
Dhoni added: “Fans felt the punishment was harsh. Coming back was an emotional moment. I have always said ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you strong’.”
The teaser also features footages of fans’ reception to CSK’s return to the league and clips of Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja among others.
Notably, the Chennai-based franchise played only one home match last season as the games were shifted out of South Indian city due to the volatile situation over the setting up for Cauvery Management Board.
CSK marked their return to the league with their third IPL title. The fans of the Chennai-based franchise gave the team a rousing welcome.
Captain MS Dhoni and his teammates seemed more determined than ever as they were dominant throughout the season. Dhoni smashed 455 runs at 75.83 in 16 matches last season.
Both CSK and Rajasthan Royals were handed two-year suspensions by the Supreme Court following the Lodha committee findings on match-fixing in the cash-rich league.
Dhoni, who had won two IPL titles with CSK before the suspension, played for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017 before he returned to lead the Chennai-based franchise in the 11th edition of the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings will begin their title defence at home against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the season opener of IPL 2019 on March 23.