As Manish Pandey departed with India at 131/3 during the second One-Day International (ODI) here on Thursday, chants of “Dhoni, Dhoni” filled the Eden Gardens.
India were down in the dumps at 87/5 in Chennai, before young all-rounder Hardik Pandya (83) and seasoned campaigner MS Dhoni (79) upturned the script with an 118-run six wicket stand that helped the hosts post a challenging total, which the Kangaroos could not match up to in a rain-truncated chase. India won the 50-over World Cup in 2011 after 28 long years. Ever since letting go of the captaincy duties, Dhoni has continued to remain a strong support unit for Virat Kohli and the team behind the stumps. India are playing a different brand of cricket under a more aggressive and expressive Kohli.
Virat Kohli’s men are now getting ready for the third of the five-match ODI series against Australia which is scheduled for Sunday, September 24 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. They have beaten an all-round England at home, reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy and mauled West Indies and Sri Lanka in their own backyard this year.
Australia will aim to turn the things around for themselves when they head into crucial third ODI at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on 24 September. The duo were also added 102 runs in 2nd wicket partnership in 111 balls.
The batsmen, though, can look to have a good time. The only problem India are facing is the No.4 slot.
Australia, on the other hand, have plenty of issues.
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The Aussies didn’t seem to look too kindly on Kohli running while an opponent was seemingly injured, with Stoinis questioning the Indian skipper at the end of the over.
Be it his consistency with the bat, his exceptional skills as a glovesman, or his priceless inputs to skipper Virat Kohli, not many would be willing to doubt MSD’s contributions in Team India’s success off-late.
“I have been a huge fan of MS Dhoni all through my career”.