MS Dhoni’s experience in 5th ODI: The legendary batsman was confident of Dhoni’s experience coming in handy for the team.
The news of former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni returning to India’s playing XI for the fifth ODI against New Zealand at Wellington has come as a source of relief for his plentiful fans.
The same happening despite India having won the series speaks highly about the importance of the 37-year old cricketer for his fans. Dhoni had missed the last two matches due to a hamstring strain.
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When the Indian batsmen were falling like a pack of cards in the fourth ODI at Hamilton, there were loud calls regarding the team missing regular captain Virat Kohli and Dhoni. Talking of the latter, his ability of rescuing India after initial batting collapses was being missed by people on Thursday.
Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain and the first batsman to cross 10,000-run mark in Test cricket, recently opined about Dhoni saying that his experience would have come in handy for the team especially in a situation like Hamilton.
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“His [Dhoni] experience comes in very handy. The fact that he has got so much experience, he can pace his innings. If wickets have fallen early, then Dhoni is a kind of a player who will make sure he hangs in there and accelerate towards the end of the innings.
“So yes, I think experience comes in very handy, no question about it. If a batsman at the other hand sticks around with him, he will add valuable runs for the team,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying to the official broadcasters.