Well, it was one of those bad days at the office for India. They were comfortably beaten by Australian side at Sydney Cricket Grounds. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni knocked his 10,000th run for Indian National Cricket Team while playing in Indian Jersey. He also scored his 68th ODI fifty in his cricketing career.
Now, looking at the other side of things, MS Dhoni alongside those proud records, also, bagged an unwanted record. The knock he played in Sydney is his second slowest ODI fifty in his cricketing career. His first slowest fifty came against Windies when he stood till the last but unfortunately, failed to see India winning the game.
His first slowest fifty came in North Stand when he took 108 balls against Windies. Now, the second slowest fifty came in 93 balls. On both occasions, Indians were chasing the totals and unfortunately, lost both the games.
MS Dhoni knocks his 68th ODI fifty:
However, one can’t point out the second slowest fifty, as the situation of the game demanded such a type of knock from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He walked into the middle when the scoreboard read 4/3 and then, he added 137-run partnership with Rohit Sharma for the fourth wicket.
MS Dhoni was once again unfortunate there in the middle, as he was wrongly adjudged Leg Before Wicket (LBW) when he failed to put his bat to the ball of Jason Behrendorff. After his wicket, Rohit Sharma tried his best but couldn’t quite shoulder India over victory ropes, as none of the Indian batsmen supported him.
After missing out from the India squad for the three-match T20I series against Kangaroos, the veteran stalwart of Indian cricket was included in the squad as a replacement of young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Dhoni’s form will be crucial as India prepare for the upcoming ICC World Cup in England.
However, it seems like Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in decent nick, as he knocked fifty under tremendous pressure. Meanwhile, the backup wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik will be on the radar if not performed in the next couple of games.