MS Dhoni., Glenn Maxwell, India vs Australia 2019
MS Dhoni has been a pillar for the Indian limited overs team.(Credits - Twitter)

As usual, once again, MS Dhoni’s name has been cornered for India’s loss in a T20I game. Perhaps, that is what an extra fan base can do to an individual. A lot of people on social media let their anger out on the Dhoni for his slow batting. However, the chief run-scorer of Australia Glenn Maxwell comes in support of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

In the first innings,  it was Indian batsmen, who failed to make the most from the perfect platform set by KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. The run out of Rishabh followed by a double-wicket over never gave the boost to the scorecard. Though MS Dhoni stood till the end, the lack of support from other end and regular wickets denied him going for big strokes.

MS Dhoni is obviously a great finisher – Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell batted brilliantly for the team in the first T20I of the game. It was his knock, which really helped Australia to near the total on a surface, which was really tough to bat on. He believes that MS Dhoni was right in taking the strike during the end overs.

MS Dhoni., Glenn Maxwell, India vs Australia 2019
Glenn Maxwell scored a match-winning fifty (Credits: Twitter)

Looking at the situation logically, Maxwell added that Yuzvendra Chahal doesn’t have the big-hitting skills in his kitty, which certainly played a main role in MS Dhoni farming the strike. He also added that the surface was a real challenge for the batsman.

“It [farming the strike] was probably fair enough with the way the wicket was – being difficult to score for any batter, let alone a guy who is not known for his power-hitting in Chahal,” Maxwell said. “MS is obviously a world-class finisher and even he was finding it hard to hit the middle of the bat.”

MS Dhoni., Glenn Maxwell, India vs Australia 2019
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

“So, I think it was right of him to try and farm the strike. He hit a six in the last over and I think that’s the sign – he hit one six and they only got seven of the over. Shows you how difficult it is. If you hold MS to one boundary in the last few overs, it’s a pretty big effort,” Maxwell added.

Well, as Glenn Maxwell said, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was right in taking the strike. It would be foolishness to expect runs from a tail-ender when the world’s best finisher is finding it tough to whack the runs on the board.

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