Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s best years of cricket may be behind him but he still packs quite a punch. And once again he has proved that by playing a breezy 63-run knock off just 52 balls that feaured 7 fours and 2 sixes in the match against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Despite his finishing abilities having been under scrutiny in recent times, Dhoni demonstrated at the Oval that there is still some fuel left in the tank for a good run.
It was a typical Dhoni innings, he took time to settle down and had a good look at the bowling before going for the big hits. The former skipper was central to the late order assault by the Indian batsmen as they scored 103 runs in the last 10 overs.
Having relinquished his captaincy in limited-overs cricket at the start of this year, Dhoni has been batting more freely as his scores indicate.
In his last five ODIs, including the game against the Sri Lankans, he has tallied 228 runs averaging 57.00 with a strike rate of 105.55, which is better than his career rate (average 51.02, SR 89.14). Maybe, there is a hint of a second wind there.
Although Dhoni’s knock helped India gather some much needed runs on the board towards their end of the innings, Sri Lanka came up with a brilliant batting display to defeat them by seven wickets.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com