CSK pacer bowler Matheesha Pathirana refuses to leave MS Dhoni’s team despite another franchise offering a huge sum of money. According to the latest news, there were speculations on social media about Mumbai Indians trying to buy the young Sri Lankan cricketer Matheesha Pathirana. As a result, CSK fans accuse MI trade ahead of the IPL 2024 Auction.
Matheesha Pathirana under MS Dhoni’s leadership in IPL 2023, grabbed 19 wickets in 12 innings. Contrarily, the Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanka wasn’t able to nurture Matheesha’s bowling talent, unlike the brilliancy of MS Dhoni.
In the Asia Cup 2023 tournament, Matheesha took 11 wickets in 6 matches.
The 20-year-old Sri Lankan pace bowler struggled to make an impactful performance. As a debutant in the World Cup 2023 tournament, Matheesha took 2 wickets in 2 innings against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Later, he was unable to sustain himself in the contest due to a shoulder injury against Pakistan.
Also, the Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya’s latest trade resulted in the all-rounder returning to the same destination- Mumbai Indians, from where he started his IPL career.
Mumbai Indians sealed Hardik’s deal by offering Gujarat Titans a whopping amount of 15 crores INR. Consequently, RCB acquired the Australian all-rounder Cameron Green from Mumbai Indians through a trade for 7.5 crores INR.
However, CSK adhered strictly to its policies by not trading the players to other franchises.
Moreover, fans await to witness if any other franchise approaches Matheesha Pathirana with an attractive offer ahead of the trade target date on 12th December 2023 (Tuesday).
The mini-auction for IPL 2024 is confirmed to take place in Dubai on 19th December 2023.
Intense drama and curiosity have filled the forthcoming IPL season with a notorious reputation.
CSK acquired Matheesha Pathirana for 20 lakhs INR in the IPL 2023 Auction. His best individual bowling figures of 3-15, make him a valuable asset for CSK.
Recently, Matheesha posted a story on Instagram with the caption “No Money can buy Loyalty”. Though the statement may seem innocent, his recent post on social media transmitted shocking waves through the cricket world. It led to CSK fans erupting on social media with a lot of speculations.
The above caption might hint at a potential trade away from the CSK franchise that has nurtured his talent under MS Dhoni’s guidance.
The timing of the post fueled the fire among all CSK fans. Probably it might have hinted that Mumbai Indians were seeking to grab the service of the young pace bowler.
Usually, CSK fans are widely known for their uncompromising support and loyalty. After noticing the caption from Matheesha, they reacted with anger and frustration trying to seize one of their possessions.
Few Netizens call it an “illegal trade” whereas others demand strict action from IPL authorities.
Matheesha Pathirana’s post on social media left many fans questioning. As the trade approached the target, many CSK fans had to experience a breath-holding moment.
A few sets of CSK fans support Matheesha’s loyalty. Simultaneously, another group of individuals believed it was a tactic to negotiate and get a better deal, particularly with the defending champions.
Also, the latest sources closer to the franchise revealed that the management is keen to retain Matheesha Pathirana. Additionally, the CSK’s management confirmed that it wouldn’t entertain any trade offers for the young pacer.
Despite other franchises involved in the trade process, why should CSK fans accuse MI Trade?
While there hasn’t been any official confirmation from Mumbai Indians about the deal, the news has spread like wildfire for various reasons:
Especially, after Hardik Pandya’s trade from Gujarat Titans has created a distrust among many fans.
When a franchise can trade its talented skipper like Hardik Pandya, who has led his side to the maiden winning title and as runners-up in its initial two editions, possibly leads other franchises to get tempted by the attractive deals.
Moreover, Mumbai Indians’ aggressive strategy of poaching players from other teams to improve their bowling line-up creates rivalry among fans.
The Past rivalry between CSK and MI might have influenced the reaction of fans. The intense competition between both teams has left the fans emotional leading to stronger reactions.
Moreover, Mumbai Indians might have been interested in the promising performance of Matheesha Pathirana.
Perhaps, fans might have feared that the franchise could offer a lucrative deal compared to CSK.
Mainly, the timing of the post on Instagram created a suspicion towards Mumbai Indians.
Perhaps, Matheesha Pathirana wanted to show his loyalty to CSK by posting the caption on social media ahead of the IPL Auction 2024. Moreover, Pathirana’s caption indicates the long-term plans with Chennai Super Kings.
Notably, the other person in the picture beside Pathirana clarifies that he had nothing to make a deal with either CSK or MI.
Overall, not all CSK fans accuse MI trade by sharing the same view necessarily. Moreover, the true motivation of the franchises might be complex and unpredictable.
The lack of confirmation from Pathirana and Mumbai Indians fueled the speculations and motivated fans to come up with their conclusions, by targeting MI.
Furthermore, the clarification adds another twist to the story leaving fans with many unanswered questions about Matheesha’s true intention behind posting the caption.