MS Dhoni’s record in Bengaluru: The Indian wicket-keeper batsman’s record should worry the opposition ahead of second T20I.
Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed glimpses of the year 2018 in the first T20I against Australia at Visakhapatnam. Going by his ODI numbers, Dhoni had scored the least number of runs last year.
Number of runs in accordance with his strike rate had started to create apprehensions on his position in the ODI squad. However, Dhoni turned the tables during the ODI series in Australia.
Having scored 193 runs in three matches at an average of 193 and a strike rate of 73.10 including three half-centuries, Dhoni was elected the ‘Man of the Series’ for the seventh time in his ODI career. Having last won it in 2011, it took Dhoni more than seven years to earn another such award.
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Dhoni disappointed his fans in the first T20I
While Dhoni looked equally good in New Zealand, his performance on Sunday attracted a lot of criticism towards him. Coming in to bat at No. 5, Dhoni scored 29* (37) as India were restricted to 126-7 in 20 overs.
The 37-year old cricketer was at the helm of things when India didn’t score a single boundary for nearly 10 overs. Having said that, the second T20I could see Dhoni turning the table yet again.
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Given Dhoni’s numbers on the venue, one assumes he will play a major role in the second T20I tomorrow. In 17 T20 matches at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Dhoni has scored 536 runs, which are the second-most number of runs by him at one venue.
Furthermore, (at venues where he has batted more than five times) his batting average of 59.55 at Chinnaswamy is his third-highest. In the three T20Is in Bengaluru, Dhoni has scored 70 runs at an average of 35 and a strike rate of 140.
The last time when India played a T20I at this venue, Dhoni had registered his maiden T20I half-century, a career-best 56 (36) with the help of five fours and two sixes.