MS Dhoni captains India: The veteran wicket-keeper batsman was seen leading the side in Rohit Sharma’s absence at Auckland.
During the second T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand at Auckland, former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again donned the captain’s hat as he led the side in the absence of captain Rohit Sharma.
On the fourth delivery of the 16th over, New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme smashed a Hardik Pandya delivery straight to Sharma in the cover region. While Sharma grabbed a fantastic catch, the fierceness with which the ball was hit forced him to briefly leave the ground in a bid to visit the Indian physio.
Most sixes in international cricket..
476 – Shahid Afridi/Chris Gayle
398 – Brendon McCullum
352 – Sanath Jayasuriya
349 – Rohit Sharma
348 – MS Dhoni
328 – AB de Villiers#NZvInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 8, 2019
No roof here, but it would have come down… some noise from the crowd as MS Dhoni walks in. #NZvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) February 8, 2019
Dhoni, who last captained India in a T20I against West Indies at Lauderhill in 2016, was once again seen taking on-field decisions. The sight of the legendary cricketer calling the shots went down as the highlight of the match for his plentiful fans.
Talking about the match, India sealed a 159-run chase in the penultimate over of the match without much discomfort. After a 79-run opening partnership between captain Sharma and his partner Dhawan (30), it was the wicket-keeper batsman-duo of Dhoni and Rishabh Pant who stitched together a 44-run partnership to win the match for India.
Don’t ask DHONI to retire, thete is no one to replace hime 😍😎🙌 pic.twitter.com/XiGq04LyDR
— DHONIism 2.0™ (@DHONlism) February 8, 2019
I have been broadcasting games in New Zealand for almost 15 years now.
I have not seen any player getting a reception as grand as the one MS DHONI got tonight.
– Mark Richardson (Former NZ player)
😍♥️♥️♥️@msdhoni forever best 😍♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/PHHnv0Xoan
— Neha Jha(nj.)🇮🇳 (@happiness_msd7) February 8, 2019
In which was his 200th match as ODI captain, Dhoni had come into picture as a captain during the Asia Cup last year when the team management had decided to rest Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in the match against Afghanistan.
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— MS (@premchoprafan) February 8, 2019