MS Dhoni’s performances in limited-overs cricket often grab the headlines. While some cricket lovers admire his zeal to fight it out in the middle, others criticize him for being too circumspect.
During the just concluded three-match ODI series, Dhoni’s batting approach once again became the talk of the town. Following India’s 86-run defeat in the second ODI against England at Lord’s on Saturday, there were questions being raised over Dhoni’s turtle-paced innings (37 runs off 59 balls). The wicketkeeper-batsman faced the same wrath for his 66-ball 42 as India lost the series-deciding third ODI at Headingley on Tuesday (July 17).
Assessing Dhoni’s ODI batting showing, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that the veteran campaigner has not been turning it around after taking time to settle early on.
“If Dhoni has got to play then he has got to get in a position where he keeps hitting. If it is 24-25 overs and he has got to build an innings, he is struggling at the moment. He may turn it around as he has been a great player for India but at the present, he is not turning it around enough and this has been going on for more than a year,” Ganguly quoted while analysing the match for the broadcaster.
Dhoni may not have a great series against England, but still has a lot to deliver. The 37-year-old had a stellar IPL 2018 campaign with the willow. With 455 runs from 15 innings, he finished the season as the second highest run-getter for CSK despite batting in the middle order. Moreover, Dhoni did a laudable job as a captain in Chennai’s resurgence as a team after two years of hiatus.