There are very few batsmen in the world who can strike the cricket ball as hard as Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The former India skipper, renowned for sending even the yorkers over the ropes with his brute force, was looking in his elements in the ongoing first One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Dharamsala and redefined stand and deliver shot with a stunning shot during his brave knock.
The shot came out of his arsenal in the 36th over when fast-bowler Nuwan Pradeep bowled a length delivery just outside off. Any other batsman would have hardly thought of converting it into a boundary but then against it was Dhoni and he left one and all shell-shocked with the shot he offered to the ball. The 36-year old remained rooted in his crease and without any backlift, he produced stunning power to send the ball over mid-off for a six.
Here is a clip of that stunning shot:
How's that for POWER? MSD style https://t.co/R1XN1hnvZK
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Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper-batsman played a fine innings of 65 to help the team post a respectable 112. After being sent in to bat first, India were starting down the barrel due to the early collapse. Suranga Lakmal ran through India’s top-order to leave them reeling at 16 for 5 and then 29 for seven before Dhoni took the onus on himself to save the team from further embarrassment.
On a pitch where none of India’s top-five batsmen could cross the double-digit mark, Dhoni showed his class by playing a fine knock. The right-handed batsman shared a 41-run stand with Kuldeep Yadav, a 17-run partnership with Jasprit Bumrah and a 25-run stand with Yuzvendra Chahal to help India cross the 100-run mark. He was eventually dismissed for 65. His knock was studded with ten fours and a couple of sixes.