Sachin Tendulkar on MS Dhoni’s Adelaide innings: The legendary batsman was wax lyrical about Dhoni’s match-winning knock at Adelaide.
Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni scoring back-to-back half-centuries during the ongoing ODI series against Australia has instilled a great deal of confidence in Dhoni’s teammates, former cricketers and his plentiful fans.
In two matches, Dhoni has scored 106 runs at an average of 106 and a strike rate of 70.66. While Dhoni and the Indian would be wanting the strike rate to go up, watching him back among the runs is a development in the right direction. The fact that his last half-century before this series had come against Sri Lanka at Dharamsala 13 months ago calls for enough respite among his teammates.
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) January 17, 2019
Bhuvi ensured Aus didn’t get 325 or more, then Virat did the Virat thing, Dhoni made us nostalgic and Karthik again showed the value he brings when there are a handful of balls left. All in all very impressive that from India!👏👏👏🙏#IndiaVsAus
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 15, 2019
Since Dhoni’s match-winning Adelaide innings, he has received approbation from varying corners. From his teammates in Dinesh Karthik, captain Virat Kohli and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan to former cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, Kris Srikkanth and Sourav Ganguly, everyone has been throwing accolades on the 37-year old cricketer.
Among the latest names to be added in the list is Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who admitted that Dhoni was rusty at Sydney. Citing the second match, Tendulkar said that Dhoni looked a ‘different player’.
Picture abhi baaki hai mere Dost !
Wonderful innings from Virat. Dhoni and Karthik finishing it in style. Will need more matches with 4-5-6 playing handy match-winning knocks. pic.twitter.com/YHdwJ0G59X
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 15, 2019
Ek athlete ko pata hota hai usko kab retire hona hai. Log bolte rahenge aur woh run maarta rahega. That sixer is a proof that he is still “THE MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI” 💕
— Bhuvan Bam (@Bhuvan_Bam) January 15, 2019
The best thing about Kohli’s innings today was how he played the situation. And, especially, how he upped his strike rate in order to give Dhoni the time he needed. Was around over no 33 from Behrendorff where he changed his game. That is how good partnerships work.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 15, 2019
“Yesterday’s (Tuesday) contribution was good. In the first match, I felt he was a little rusty, he was not being able to hit the ball where he wanted to and that can happen to anyone. He walked out in the second match thinking differently and from ball one, he looked a different player,” Tendulkar said on his app 100MB.
Highlighting Dhoni’s knack of getting his eye in, Tendulkar said that an in-form Dhoni is likely to control the game from one end.
“He (Dhoni) is someone who loves to play a few dot balls, understand the wicket, how the bowlers are bowling and likes to take the game till the end. That is exactly what he did. He is someone who is going to control the game from one end,” he added.