Michael Vaughan criticized RCB players for allegedly ignoring MS Dhoni amid retirement speculations, stating that it was a missed opportunity for RCB to honor the CSK icon.

Michael Vaughan suggested that Royal Challengers Bangalore players should have delayed their celebrations after defeating Chennai Super Kings to acknowledge the potential final match of MS Dhoni’s illustrious career. While Dhoni’s retirement remains unconfirmed, speculation is rife that he might retire post-IPL 2024. With CSK eliminated, Dhoni’s future in cricket is uncertain.

Vaughan mentioned that RCB, despite their historic win, could have shown respect to Dhoni, emphasizing the significance of acknowledging a legend like him. He urged RCB players to prioritize meeting Dhoni over-exuberant celebrations, highlighting the importance of showing awareness and decency, especially if it turned out to be Dhoni’s farewell match.

“RCB have a huge amount of support but they also wind up a lot of people and I saw a lot of it tonight. I get it (the celebration), they have never been in a position where they won the IPL,” Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.

“If there ever was a time for a group of players to show awareness. We don’t know but if that was MS Dhoni’s last game and those players run around the ground doing handstands when all they need is to wait and meet the legend. We have to just go and shake his hands and then we can do a few cartwheels and handstands. This is an iconic player. I wouldn’t want to be an RCB player tomorrow morning thinking, ‘Wait a minute, MS Dhoni has announced retirement and we didn’t have the decency to go and shake his hand first’,” he added.

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Harsha Bhogle also commented on the issue, saying that sportsmanship is crucial.

Bhogle also weighed in.“It doesn’t matter. You win a World Cup final, you display your emotions, but you still shake hands with the opposition. That handshake is symbolic of the fact that ‘now, our antagonism is over. We did not give an inch to each other. Now it’s over,’” said Bhogle.

In a must-win match against CSK, RCB needed an 18-run victory to advance. Batting first, RCB scored 218/5 in 20 overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Despite Rachin Ravindra’s quick fifty and a late surge from Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni, RCB secured a 27-run win, qualifying for the playoffs.



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Last Updated on May 19, 2024

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