Credit to MS Dhoni for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardSunil Gavaskar heaped rich praise on MS Dhoni for his series-defining performance in the ODIs against Australia. Dhoni scored 193 runs including three fifties from three matches as India won their first ever bilateral ODI series in Australia.Dhoni, who scored 51 (Sydney), 55 not out (Adelaide) and 87 not out (Melbourne), was named player-of-the-series. Gavaskar said Dhoni deserved the reward and accolade.”I am delighted with the way India have performed.. just becoming the second team to win a Test and ODI series in Australia. It’s never easy,” Gavaskar told India Today. “It is a fantastic achievement. Absolutely terrific to see Dhoni get the man-of-the-series award. Don’t forget he keeps wickets and to do that for 50 overs and come out and bat… Full credit to the man for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket.”MS Dhoni scored a slow 51 in the first match but bounced back in Adelaide with a 54-ball 55 not out when he was involved in crucial partnerships with Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik.In Melbourne, India were again under a bit of pressure when they lost Virat Kohli in the 30th over. But Dhoni built an unbroken 121-run stand with Kedar Jadhav to take India home.Gavaskar, however, pointed out that it was important to not forget how craftily Dhoni ensured India not suffer any hiccups in their chase in Adelaide and Melbourne.”You need the partnerships and that’s what he got from Dinesh Karthik the other day and Kedar Jadhav in Melbourne but don’t take anything away from the way he made sure there was no collapse. Had Dhoni got out, India would have struggled,” Gavaskar said.advertisementThere has been a debate around MS Dhoni’s batting position in recent times. Rohit Sharma felt No.4 was ideal for Dhoni while Virat Kohli prefers No.5. Sunil Gavaskar agreed with Kohli and said five was a good number for MS Dhoni to bat at.Dhoni said he was open to bat wherever the team wanted him to.MS Dhoni is known for his cricketing acumen – after the match, he conceded he was targeting certain bowlers towards the end. Dhoni even went up to the umpires to find out how many overs certain bowlers were left with. Gavaskar said that is the kind of intelligence that sets Dhoni sets apart.”You need that kind of experience and cricketing intelligence to take the team home. The Australian captain might have got it wrong with his bowling changes. MSD knew which bowler to target and he did that brilliantly,” he said.Also Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceAlso Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi Shastrilast_img

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