After a string of failures in the shorter format of the game, the former captain of the Indian cricket team MS Dhoni has revived himself by giving match-winning performances in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against Australia.
Dhoni scored half-centuries in all the three matches with last two helping India win the respective matches and the series. With the help of Dhoni’s half-centuries and some really valuable contributions down the order by Dinesh Karthik & Kedar Jadhav during the tournament, the Men in Blue won their first ever bilateral series against Australia in their own backyard.
Acknowledging Dhoni’s contribution in the historic series-triumph Down Under, the Indian skipper defended the ‘captain cool’ saying he should be allowed some breathing space.
“I think as a team we are really happy for Dhoni. That he is amongst the runs because it is very important to get runs under your belt to get that rhythm and get that confidence back. Especially when you have not been playing so much international cricket. Many things happen on the outside. People say a lot of things but as an individual, we know that there is no one more committed to Indian cricket than MS and people should let him have his space because he has contributed so much for the nation,” Kohli shared.
Adding, “They should let him figure out things on his own and what he needs to do. He is one of the most intelligent cricketers and he is not someone who is not aware of what needs to be done. As a team, we are totally in sync with what he is doing and we are all very happy for him.”
There have been a lot of conversations about the position at which a player like Mahendra Singh Dhoni should bat on and it seems like we finally have an answer to that question.
Speaking about Dhoni’s batting position, Kohli reckoned, “MS batted at number four in 2016 for a while. But after that, he has been pretty happy playing at five and six for the team. We felt that the number five was the ideal position for him. And if you saw him bat at Adelaide as well he was pretty comfortable in that position because that allows him to do a bit of both – get some game time as well as finish games off, attacking as and when required.”
With this win, India have registered their maiden One-Day International and Test series victory, both by 2-1 on Australian soil. The visitors had leveled the Twenty20 International series in November last year.
Talking about the whole tour, Kohli concluded by saying, “We are really happy with this tour, as a team we did our best in all the three series. As a captain, I am very because the team has given a balanced performance which is a good sign ahead of the World Cup.”
Both the teams will now play for two T20Is and five-match ODIs as part of their home series, starting February 24.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar