MS Dhoni calculates Australian bowlers’ remaining overs: The Indian wicket-keeper batsman kept a check on the remaining overs.
There is no hiding to the fact that former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s manner of scoring his three consecutive half-centuries in the recently concluded ODI series against Australia invoked a lot of criticism.
Despite being the focal point of India’s batting in all the three ODIs, the 37-year old cricketer was often accused of slow run-making. The sight of Dhoni consuming plentiful dot balls perhaps put pressure on both him and the other Indian batsmen.
The biggest respite for Dhoni and India would be the testament that he won India a couple of matches and eventually the series irrespective of his modus operandi.
India required 231 in 300 balls -> S.R. of 76.67.
Dhoni 87* of 114 -> S.R. of 76.31.
Aha! What calculation.
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It would be wrong to say that it is strange to watch Dhoni bat in this manner. For a batsman who was known for his shot-making initially receives the ‘Man of the Series’ award after scoring runs at a strike rate of 73.10 has it in it to not go well with the viewers.
While orthodox batsman tend to adjust to the contemporary style of batting, Dhoni’s batting has evolved in the contrasting manner.
The Indian team management would surely be relieved at watching him among the runs and not paying much attention to how they’ve come. Neither would they be pondering about how he stays calm in situations where others would agree to perform hara-kiri.
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One of the insights about Dhoni’s way of chasing totals was captured on the camera during the third ODI. During one of the drinks break at the business end of the match, the veteran went to the umpire to confirm which Australian bowler has how many overs left.
Perhaps, it is something which aids Dhoni in selecting whom and when to attack. With this being something which the audiences doesn’t understand, maybe it is why Dhoni has been severely criticized throughout this series.
Watch the full video below:
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