'Selfish' Shivam Dube receives hate, Tushar Deshpande's 'impact' irks fans after CSK's loss to GT in IPL 2023 tie

Apr 01, 2023 11:24 AM IST

Shivam Dube and Tushar Deshpande were endlessly trolled for their performance in CSK's 5-wicket defeat to GT in IPL 2023 opener.

The Chennai Super Kings tried till the end but couldn't prevent themselves from going down to Gujarat Titans in the opening match of the IPL 2023 in Ahmedabad on Friday. After being put in to bat, CSK finished with 173/7, a target that was chased down by the defending champions GT in the final over of the match. If one is to give a cursory glance as to what went wrong with CSK, two aspects come to mind straightaway – they didn't have enough runs on the board and the failure to put pressure on the GT batters when their bowlers had a chance to.

Fans did not take kindly to Shivam Dube (L) and Tushar Deshpande's performances. (Twitter)
Fans did not take kindly to Shivam Dube (L) and Tushar Deshpande's performances. (Twitter)

The kind of start Ruturaj Gaikwad provided, slamming a quickfire half-century – the quickest of his IPL career – CSK should have easily gone in excess of 200, but they were kept quiet from overs 15 until the end when Dhoni's unbeaten 14 off 7 balls took them to their eventual total. What cost CSK dearly was Shivam Dube's slow knock of 19 off 18 balls. The all-rounder looked woefully out of touch, unable to bat to ball and getting stuck. He did drill a 97-meter-long six off Mohammed Shami, but perished the very next ball trying to go for a jailbreak shot again.

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Dube was awkward against the short ball, mistiming all that he played barring one – twice the ball fell in no-man's land giving him a lifeline, but his luck finally ran out with Shami bouncing him out. The left-handed batter received the wrath of CSK fans on social media – with some even spamming his comments section on Instagram with lewd messages – who felt he was the prime reason behind CSK's defeat.

Here are some of the tweets:

With the ball as well, CSK had the chance to put the leash on GT's scoring rate, especially after they had them pinned at 138/4 when Shubman Gill departed, but instead, a couple of no-ball and free hits put paid to their chances. Tushar Deshpande, CSK's Impact Player, had a night to forget, conceding 51 runs off just 3.2 overs. Deshpande, who replaced Ambati Rayudu as IPL 2023's first-ever Impact Player, started off with a six and two fours off his first over, while getting hit for a four and bowling a no-ball in his next – the free hit getting smoked for six. Despite excess pace, Deshpande failed to find his line or length, and it was no surprise that GT's Rahul Tewatia hit the winning runs off Tushar – a six and a four – to finish the game. Fans weren't impressed with Deshpande either and let their feelings towards him known.

During the post-match presentation ceremony, losing captain Dhoni remained calm but pointed out that no-balls are unacceptable. "Think the bowlers will get better, a no-ball is something that's in your control, so you need to work on that. I felt two left armers will be a better option so I went ahead with them. Shivam was an option, but I felt comfortable with the bowlers overall," he said.

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