The fans were in for a huge but pleasant surprise before the toss for the fifth Super Four game of the Asia Cup between India and Afghanistan. The cricketing world must have been expecting to see Rohit Sharma coming out for the toss. However, MS Dhoni left everyone pleasantly surprised by coming out for the toss.
Dhoni returned to lead India as Rohit was rested for the clash. The World Cup-winning skipper had stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in January 2017 and handed over the reins to Virat Kohli.
Well, the most decorated skipper in the history of Indian cricket didn’t take long to turn back the clocks as he took command of the team. But during the course of the innings, one unusual sight was witness. Fondly known as captain cool for his calm demeanour, Dhoni was seen losing his cool for a brief moment.
It happened when Dinesh Karthik made a wayward throw. And while Dhoni lost his cool, he made sure that he warned Karthik only with his eyes and not shout at him.
Here is a clip of that incident:
Meanwhile, the game was Dhoni’s 200th ODI as India captain. He had last captained India in the ODI series against New Zealand. He thus became only the third player to lead a side in 200 ODIs. Ricky Ponting led Australia (ICC) in 230 ODIs from 2002-2012 while New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming led in 218 ODIs from 1997-2007.
Coming to the game, Afghanistan rode on century from Mohammad Shahzad to post a challenging 252 for 8.