It was India’s dynamic duo – yet another ODI century from maestro Virat Kohli and an unbeaten 55 from past master MS Dhoni – who powered their team’s mighty run chase and ensured the three match Gillette ODI Series against Australia will be decided at the MCG on Friday.
In stifling heat that had peaked above 41C and saw both India stars in need of aid during the course of their defining innings, India mounted the second-highest successful ODI run chase that the Adelaide Oval has witnessed.
The winning run arrived almost as an anti-climax, a scampered single coming as it did a delivery after Dhoni had clubbed Jason Behrendorff beyond the mid-on fence to tie the scores.
It was a blow that echoed Dhoni’s famous hit of similar style, if greater resonance, that secured India’s 2011 World Cup win in Mumbai.
While it was Dhoni whose name the crowd chanted at game’s end, the greater grunt work was undertaken by Kohli who further enhanced his already peerless reputation for batting in run chases.
MS Dhoni is known as ‘Captain Cool’ for his demeanour on the cricket pitch and the former India skipper has always kept his calm in tense situations.
It has been a huge asset for Dhoni as he has established himself as one of the best finishers of the game and in tense situations, the team relies a lot on the veteran to calm the nerves.
However, there was a rare lapse in patience during the second ODI between India and Australia in Adelaide as Captain Cool MS Dhoni lost his cool for a change on Tuesday ahead of the final over, while India were batting in the second ODI.
It was a hot day in Adelaide and the Indian batsmen took regular drinks breaks as the match headed to a tense climax. During one such interval, the usually cool MS Dhoni was seen reacting furiously to waterboy Khaleel Ahmed walking on the pitch.
The incident took place during his 57-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik when India still had a fair distance to go to reach their target of 299 in the high pressure game at the Adelaide Oval.
During a drinks break of the final overs of the game., Khaleel came in with drinks when MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik was in the middle, Khaleel walked through the pitch to give the drinks to Karthik and thats when the 37-year-old wicket-keeper batsman hurled abuses at Khaleel for walking on the wicket.
MS Dhoni also used the word Ch**tya gesturing Khaleel that he could’ve avoided walking on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal, who had gone for the drinks, along with Khaleel, was aware enough and made sure he threw the helmet towards MS Dhoni from the other side of the pitch.
Despite all this, Dhoni kept his cool while batting as his run-a-ball 55 saw the nervy chase end in India’s favour.
Walking on the pitch, can alter the nature of the pitch, which in turn would assist the pacers, something which India couldn’t afford during the final overs as the match went to the wires.
The video of the incident is going viral on social media with fans even claiming that Dhoni abused the 7-ODI-old India substitute.
Here’s the video:
Msd said to khaleel ‘chu**ya’ 😀😀 pic.twitter.com/36ciPlogzb
— Prem Chopra (@premchoprafan) January 15, 2019
Thankfully this incident didn’t distract Dhoni from the ultimate goal and he went on to finish the job scoring 55 not out as India chased down the target of 299 with 4 balls to spare.
The incident also reminded everyone of the video which went viral last year of Dhoni abusing his batting partner Manish Pandey during the 2nd T20 International against South Africa in Centurion.
In the first ball of the 19th over, Pandey got a single off Dane Paterson but Dhoni thought there was another run to be had. He called for a second but Pandey was not paying heed to the former captain’s call.
And then Dhoni lashed out angrily at Pandey for watching the ball instead of looking at his partner. The video of Dhoni admonishing Pandey went viral soon after.