AUS v IND 2018-19: MS Dhoni is back with a vengeance, says Allan Border

The Indian wicketkeeper batsman was awarded "Player-of-the-Series" for his exploits during the ODIs.

MS Dhoni scored three half centuries in possibly his last ODI series in Australia | Getty

Allan Border believes that MS Dhoni is back to his very best for India in white-ball cricket. The legendary batsman lavished rich praise over India's great wicketkeeper-batsman after his 193 runs including three half-centuries helped India clinch the three-match ODI series in Australia, 2-1. 

Dhoni was later awarded "Player-of-the-Series" for his two match-winning knocks of 55 and 87 in the twin run-chases at Adelaide and Melbourne respectively. 

The great man answered his critics, who were questioning his abilities after that slow 96-ball 51 in India's 34-run loss at the Sydney Cricket Ground(SCG). 

"I thought the one-day series was quite close. Evenly balanced... most of the games. Old MS Dhoni is back with a vengeance. Isn't he? He played very well in all the games, particularly the last couple where he got India over the line again," Border told ANI

63-year-old also congratulated the whole Virat Kohli led touring outfit for clinching India's maiden bilateral ODI series triumph down under. 

"Congratulations to India on a series victory. They have deserved those series victories. No doubt they have been the better side. We had our issues over the last 12 months with few of the better players not being available but still, India played tremendously well," Border further said. 

"We expect them to do well in Twenty20 because of the IPL factor. They are a very good T20 side, they are the No.1 Test side in the world. So, it was not unexpected to see India play so well, particularly, what's interesting is they won with fast bowling as against the traditional way for them winning through spinners."

"That was an interesting change the way things normally turn out between Australia and India. 'We beat you with our fast bowlers in Australia and you beat us with your spinners in India'. Real change there. Virat Kohli was really fantastic with his leadership and rest of the Indian team played so well. Hats off to Pujara. What a series he had in the Tests."

(Inputs from India Today)


By Kashish Chadha - 20 Jan, 2019

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