Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has revived himself in the shorter format of the game by playing some really amazing & match-winning knocks in the recently concluded series between Australia and India.
The ‘captain cool’ was pushed up the order in the final ODI game of the series and he played a crucial inning of 87 to take his team over the victory line. As soon as the match got over, the debate of letting Dhoni play on the number four position is getting bigger & bigger.
However, the veteran cricketer is not making much fuss about batting at any particular position and is ready to play according to the team’s needs.
At the post-match presentation ceremony, Dhoni shared, “It is not about where you want to bat; I am happy to bat at any number. The important thing is where the team needs me. Whether I play at four or six, we need to see if the team balance can be retained. And after playing for 14 years, I cannot say that I do not want to bat at number six and want to bat at four.”
This was Dhoni’s best series in the last couple of years clearly and was fittingly awarded the ‘Player of the Series’ for the first time since 2011, which came in a home series against England. The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman amassed a total of 193 runs in the series with a staggering average of 193 during the whole tournament.
After batting for most of the part in the last ODI game, Dhoni conceded that it was difficult to score quick runs on this wicket and hitting the shots at will was not possible at all.
“It was a slow wicket, so it was a bit difficult to hit whenever you wanted to. It was important to take it to the end because some of their bowlers were on the verge of finishing their quota. No point going after the bowlers who were bowling well. Kedar Jadhav did a great job in playing unorthodox shots and it is important to hit boundaries.”
Dhoni and team will now be traveling to New Zealand for a five-match One-Day International series and a three-match T20I series with the Black Caps, starting January 23rd.
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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