Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclass

first_imgBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardIndia couldn’t have asked for a better start to the World Cup year. Virat Kohli’s men clinched history in Australia by becoming the first team from the Asian country to win a bilateral series in Australia.More importantly, India’s much-celebrated finisher, MS Dhoni found form and eventually went on to win the Man of the Series for three consecutive fifties, including the match-winning and unbeaten 87 in the series decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.MS Dhoni finished the series as the highest Indian run-scorer with 193 from three matches. He was second on the list of most runs in the ODI series, finishing behind Shaun Marsh, who scored 224 runs.Incidentally, Dhoni had not scored a fifty from 20 ODIs in 2018. However, the World Cup-winning former captain has begun 2019 on a high with three fifties on the trot – fifth time in his career he has achieved the feat.After managing to help India cross the finish line in both Adelaide and Melbourne, Dhoni also took his average in successful chases for India to 103.07 (2783 runs in 73 innings). Captain Virat Kohli is second on that list with an average of 97.98 after having scored 4899 runs in 78 innings that ended up as successful run chases.There was considerable criticism around MS Dhoni in the lead up to the ODI series in Australia. The wicketkeeper-batsman had skipped domestic duties and had headed into the three-match rubber with limited match practice as he was rested for the T20I series against the West Indies at home and Australia before the Test series.advertisementNonetheless, Dhoni has proved he is still a vital cog in this Indian set up in the lead up to the biggest cricketing event of the year in England, starting May 30.Another day, another final of sorts and @msdhoni hunts down another chase like he was born for that purpose. Unbelievable composure and resolve #INDvAUS #MSDhoniAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 18, 2019Eat.Sleep.Finish games.Repeat.Life as @msdhoni. ?? World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 18, 2019Run chase master @msdhoni #masterclass #AUSvINDTom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) January 18, 2019The master of calm under pressure. As @msdhoni tells me in Democracy’s XI, always remember the bowler is under even greater pressure than me knowing he is bowling to Dhoni! Champion forever! #INDvsAUSRajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 18, 2019Now that is the performance of a champion. MS Dhoni is man of the series. Brilliant.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 18, 2019You thought he was a spent force, a burden on team and now should retire. Here is MS Dhoni even at 37 telling you how to chase at MCG by scoring 72% of his 87 runs by running. Batted 114 balls – his second longest resolve in a successful chase. #AusvIndMazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 18, 2019Test series win down under and now first ever bilateral win down under. Outstanding start to 2019. And world cup balance gradually getting right. @imVkohli congrats. He will be delighted for @msdhoniBoria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 18, 2019Super Game of ?? well done boys @BCCI more than the series result I think big big plus for India it’s good to see @msdhoni s form going forward which is going to be very crucial.. sabash @JadhavKedar mza aa gya ?? 2-1 ?? great way to finish the tourHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 18, 2019Hat tip to grandmaster @msdhoni. With so many writing him off, has scripted his own return to form and value to the team in quite remarkable fashionCricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 18, 2019So, yet another @msdhoni special chase ! Calm, composed and as @ImRo45 says , he’s fits perfectly as the no 4!!BVS Ravi (@BvsRavi) January 18, 2019Two men who played more dot balls than anyone, won the Test and ODI series for India.#Dhoni #Pujara #AusvIndGaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) January 18, 2019India required 231 in 300 balls -> S.R. of 76.67.Dhoni 87* of 114 -> S.R. of 76.31.Aha! What calculation.Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 18, 2019THALA @msdhoni does it in his very own #MahiWay by letting the bat do the talking, ends the three match ODI series as the leading run scorer for India?? 26000* Runs in Professional Career?? 1500* ODI Runs vs AUS?? 1000* ODI Runs vs AUS in AUS#WhistlePodu @ChennaiIPL Narayanan (@lakshuakku) January 18, 2019In terms of influence, captaincy, talent, wins, entertainment and being a gentleman you would have to say that MS Dhoni is the greatest Indian sportsman of all time. The country should give him every honour they have.#AUSvsIND #MSDhoniadvertisementAsjad Nazir (@asjadnazir) January 18, 2019Like politics, one shouldn’t become a Bhakt’ in cricket too. Criticise MS #Dhoni where it’s due but do acknowledge that he was phenomenal in last two wins. Keep your grudge aside. Be a sport. The show isn’t over yet! #3rdODI #AUSvsIND #INDvsAUS #AUSvIND #INDvAUS (@leosamit) January 18, 2019All arguments ended. @msdhoni you legend. What a brilliant innings to anchor a chase under pressure in a series deciding game. Very well played Kedar Jadhav. Kudos Team India. #AUSvINDSumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) January 18, 2019Well played @msdhoni! India’s greatest finisher. Congtratulaions to the Indian Cricket Team for the series win.Bharat Bhushan Batra (@BBBatra) January 18, 2019last_img

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