MS Dhoni again proved the saying “form is temporary but class is permanent” right by helping India win the third ODI against Australia to triumph in the first ever ODI series down under. Chasing the target of 231 runs, India lost two early wickets in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma before Dhoni joined skipper Virat in the center.
Unlike the other matches, Dhoni started with a healthy strike rate and didn’t let the pressure mount on Virat Kohli. The skipper however perished after scoring 46 runs which brought a huge responsibility on the shoulders of Dhoni to take India home.
Dhoni slowed down in the middle overs which uplifted the asking run rate but Kedar Jadhav on the other end kept playing his natural game. Dhoni kept the scoreboard ticking thereafter and took the match close.
He completed his third consecutive half century in the process and went onto win the match for the visitors in the 50th over. The luck also favoured Dhoni as he was dropped for two times and Australian fielders also missed a chance to run him out. Keeping the luck factor on his side, Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 runs.
His impressive performance got him the man of the series award and also shut his critics with his performance. The critics felt that Dhoni is done with International cricket and should make way for Rishabh Pant but his performance in Australia is certain of giving him a shot in the 2019 world cup squad.
Dhoni takes a hilarious take at retirement rumours
Retirement rumours erupted when Dhoni took the match ball from the officials in the 3rd ODI against England in 2018. Head coach Ravi Shastri quashed all the rumours and notified that it was taken by Dhoni for the world cup preparation.
Meanwhile, the former captain again took the match ball in the 3rd ODI against Australia and handed over to batting coach Sanjay Bangar and hilariously said ““Ball uthaya toh bolega retirement ke liye uthaya hai ye to (If i will keep the ball everyone will start saying I am retiring),”