Former Indian National Cricket team skipper MS Dhoni played a match-winning on Friday’s clash at Melbourne as India won their first-ever bilateral series in Australia. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 87 alongside Kedar Jadhav’s 61 to chase down the target of 230 runs with ease.

However, the target wasn’t daunting, but on a tricky surface, the chase took a lot out of India, especially after Peter Siddle sent back Rohit Sharma early. However, once MS Dhoni was in the middle, he soaked in all the pressure while others played their usual game. Dhoni first stitched a small partnership of 54 runs with Virat Kohli. Once Kohli got out four short of his half-century, Dhoni took in charge along with Kedar Jadhav. The all-rounder did a great job of listening MS Dhoni’s instruction and not be over-aggressive.

The duo paced the innings brilliantly keeping in check with the required run-rate. Although Kedar Jadhav struck the winning runs, it was Dhoni was the mastermind behind the run chase.

MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Sanjay Manjrekar
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Previously, Bhuvneshwar Kumar made the early damage removing both the Australian openers. Since then, it was Yuzvendra Chahal who ran over the Aussie batting. He returned with six wickets becoming the first spinner to achieve so in Australia as Australia were all out for 230. Mohammed Shami also chipped in with two wickets to finish the tour on a high.

Following the historic win, MS Dhoni kept the match ball with himself as a token. However, the news spread like a wildfire as the social media thought that their favourite cricketer might announce his retirement. A similar incident took place after the India-England One-day International (ODI) series last year.

Dhoni made sure nobody spreads such rumours by handing over the match ball to batting coach Sanjay Bangar. After handing the ball to Sanjay Bangar, the former skipper said,

Ball lelo nahi to bolega retirement lerahe ho.”

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