Fans Thrilled After ICC Puts MS Dhoni’s Picture As Twitter Cover Image


The International Cricket Council (ICC) got a big thumbs up from MS Dhoni fans after it used the former Indian skipper’s picture as the cover image of the official Twitter handle. Cricket’s governing body took the step after MS Dhoni was adjudged the Man of the Series in the just-concluded ODI series against Australia. MS Dhoni notched up three consecutive half-centuries in the series which included two successive match-winning knocks. After the veteran’s picture was set up as the cover, fans took to Twitter to applaud the move.

One of the fans tweeted, “The best cover photos @ICC and @cricketworldcup @msdhoni.”

While the another said, “Loved to see cover pic of @ICC #Dhoni #TeamIndia @msdhoni #INDvsAUS @BCCI #TeamIndia.”

Another fan said, “When you wake up in the morning and see something like this on @ICC cover photo.”

Despite not being at his fluent best, Dhoni notched up 193 runs in the three-match ODI series against Australia. It consisted a high score of an unbeaten 87, which came in the third and final ODI in Melbourne.

However. Dhoni after the end of the series said, it was not about where he bats after playing for 14 years.

A veteran of 335 ODIs, the 37-year-old’s next assignment will start from Wednesday in New Zealand, when India play the Black Caps in the first of the five-match ODI series at McLean Park in Napier.

Dhoni averages over 50 in ODIs with a high score of an unbeaten 183 runs. He has 10 centuries and 70 half-centuries under his belt in this format.

Dhoni has also been crucial behind the stumps, over the years, taking 311 catches and recording 117 stumpings in ODIs.





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Fans Thrilled After ICC Puts MS Dhoni’s Picture As Twitter Cover Image


The International Cricket Council (ICC) got a big thumbs up from MS Dhoni fans after it used the former Indian skipper’s picture as the cover image of the official Twitter handle. Cricket’s governing body took the step after MS Dhoni was adjudged the Man of the Series in the just-concluded ODI series against Australia. MS Dhoni notched up three consecutive half-centuries in the series which included two successive match-winning knocks. After the veteran’s picture was set up as the cover, fans took to Twitter to applaud the move.

One of the fans tweeted, “The best cover photos @ICC and @cricketworldcup @msdhoni.”

While the another said, “Loved to see cover pic of @ICC #Dhoni #TeamIndia @msdhoni #INDvsAUS @BCCI #TeamIndia.”

Another fan said, “When you wake up in the morning and see something like this on @ICC cover photo.”

Despite not being at his fluent best, Dhoni notched up 193 runs in the three-match ODI series against Australia. It consisted a high score of an unbeaten 87, which came in the third and final ODI in Melbourne.

However. Dhoni after the end of the series said, it was not about where he bats after playing for 14 years.

A veteran of 335 ODIs, the 37-year-old’s next assignment will start from Wednesday in New Zealand, when India play the Black Caps in the first of the five-match ODI series at McLean Park in Napier.

Dhoni averages over 50 in ODIs with a high score of an unbeaten 183 runs. He has 10 centuries and 70 half-centuries under his belt in this format.

Dhoni has also been crucial behind the stumps, over the years, taking 311 catches and recording 117 stumpings in ODIs.





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“MS Classic” Is How Virat Kohli Describes Dhoni’s Match-Winning Adelaide Knock


“There is no doubt that he shouldn’t be a part of this team. Tonight was MS classic. He calculates the game so well. He takes the game till the end, when only he knows what’s going on in his mind, and he backs himself to hit those big shots at the end,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Kohli could not take his team home this time but Dhoni (55*) and Dinesh Karthik (25*) rose to the occasion with an unbeaten 57-run stand, helping India chase down a target of 299 with four balls to spare.

“You look for little moments to pump you up, get into the zone, and that’s what I was trying to do. I tried to stay as aware as possible in recognising the moment to strike.

“I thought those 2-3 overs were the moment, to bring the gap between runs and balls down. When it comes off it looks good. It was a really tough day.

“My pants are white with the sweat, the salts coming out. MS was tired as well, fielding for 50 overs and batting as well, it was tough.” 

Kohli was also all praise for seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his crucial blows at the death. 

“We wanted to try and restrict them in the end. I thought they were going to get away from us when Maxy (Glenn Maxwell) and Shaun (Marsh) were in. Getting them in two balls was brilliant. I thought 298 was par on that wicket, with the start they had.

“Bhuvi was outstanding to pull things back for us. Vijay Shankar is in the squad, he’s an all-rounder, so that gives us an option to play around with – but we’ll see how we go. But backing five bowlers and seeing it come off is pleasing as a captain.” 

Australia rode Shaun Marsh’s century to post a challenging target after winning the first ODI. But India’s batting might proved too good for the home bowlers. Skipper Aaron Finch acknowledged that.

“When you come up like a batting side against India, you know you have to get wickets regularly, and we ran into that man Dhoni as well. Credit to India, they played well. 

“What we’ve been working towards is some real solid performances through the middle overs. I’m responsible for the Powerplays, and I’ve not been coming off. It’s a matter of time, I think. 

“It’s not easy when you’re not getting runs, but captaincy is separate from personal performance, and you have to be consistent with your actions,” Finch said.

(With PTI inputs)



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INDvsAUS: We have fought back well, but With Dhoni’s dismissal, Rohit came under pressure: Virat Kohli | INDvsAUS: टीम इंडिया की हार पर बोले कप्तान विराट कोहली


सिडनी: भारतीय कप्तान विराट कोहली ने ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ पहले वनडे मैच में मिली हार के बाद कहा कि पारी की शुरुआत में तीन विकेट गंवाना टीम को महंगा पड़ा. भारत ने 289 रन के लक्ष्य का पीछा करते हुए अपने तीन विकेट चार रन पर गंवा दिए थे. इसके बाद रोहित शर्मा और एमएस धोनी ने 137 रन की साझेदारी की, लेकिन वे मैच नहीं जिता सके. ऑस्ट्रेलिया ने शनिवार को यह मैच 34 रन से जीता. इसके साथ ही उसने तीन मैचों की वनडे सीरीज में 1-0 की बढ़त बना ली. 

कप्तान विराट कोहली ने कहा है कि उनके गेंदबाजों ने अच्छा काम किया, लेकिन बल्लेबाजी में कहीं न कहीं कमी रह गई. कोहली ने कहा, ‘हम जिस तरह से खेले उससे हम खुश नहीं हैं. हमने गेंद से अच्छा प्रदर्शन किया. इस विकेट पर 300 से ज्यादा का स्कोर बनना था, लेकिन हमने उन्हें यहां तक नहीं पहुंचने दिया. हमें लगा था कि 288 (जीत के लिए 289) हासिल करने वाला लक्ष्य है. शुरुआत में तीन विकेट खोना किसी भी लिहाज से अच्छा नहीं होता.’ यह ऑस्ट्रेलिया की अंतरराष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट में 1000वीं जीत है. 

यह भी पढ़ें: सिडनी की हार के बाद बंटे दिखे कप्तान-उपकप्तान, रोहित शर्मा ने धोनी के लिए कही यह बात

विराट कोहली ने शतक लगाने वाले रोहित शर्मा की तारीफ की. महेंद्र सिंह धोनी के योगदान को भी सराहा. रोहित ने 133 रन की पारी खेली, तो धोनी ने 51 रन बनाए. कोहली ने कहा, ‘रोहित ने बेहतरीन पारी खेली और धोनी ने उनका अच्छा साथ दिया. मुझे लगता है कि जिस तरह का मैच का टेम्पो था उसमें हम और अच्छा कर सकते थे. दोनों ने मैच को बराबरी पर पहुंचा दिया था, लेकिन तभी धोनी आउट हो गए. इससे रोहित पर दवाब आ गया. एक और अच्छी साझेदारी होती तो मैच हमारे नाम होता. शुरुआत में तीन विकेट गिरना सबसे बड़ी समस्या रही और ऑस्ट्रेलिया ने हमें वहां से वापसी नहीं करने दी.’

आस्ट्रेलिया के कप्तान एरॉन फिंच ने युवा तेज गेंदबाज जाय रिचर्डसन की तारीफ की. उन्होंने कहा, ‘युवा जाय आत्मविश्वास से लबरेज थे. उनका भविष्य उज्ज्वल है. सुधार की हमेशा गुंजाइश रहती है.’ उन्होंने कहा, ‘हमें पता था कि वे (भारत) मैच को आखिरी ओवरों तक खींचने की कोशिश करेंगे. हम भाग्यशाली रहे कि विकेट ले सके और उन्हें रोक सके. कोई भी टीम शुरुआत में तीन विकेट गंवा कर दबाव में आ जाएगी और तीन बड़े बल्लेबाजों का विकेट लेना जरूरी था.’ 

कोहली का विकेट मेरे लिए सबसे कीमती: जाय रिचर्डसन
एरॉन फिंच ने बल्लेबाजों की तारीफ करते हुए कहा, ‘उस्मान ख्वाजा और शॉन मार्श की साझेदारी के बाद पीटर हैंड्सकाम्ब ने शानदार बल्लेबाजी की.’ मैन ऑफ मैच रहे रिचर्डसन ने कहा, ‘बल्लेबाजो को भी श्रेय जाता है जिन्होंने बड़ा स्कोर बनाया. लेकिन जैसा फिंच ने कहा शुरुआत में तीन विकेट लेना शानदार रहा. कोहली का विकेट मेरे लिए सबसे कीमती था.’ 

(इनपुट: भाषा/आईएएनएस)





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MS Dhoni’s Dubious Dismissal During First ODI Upsets Fans


By then, India had lost both their reviews and Dhoni had to depart without any resistance. But fans on the social media are busy resisting. Most of them were quick to express pity over the unfortunate occurrence. 

In a video of Dhoni’s controversial dismissal tweeted by cricket.com.au, some fans blamed “poor” umpiring while others slammed Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu, who wasted both the reviews early in the match.

“A howler that even the commentators couldn’t predict in normal time,” a user replied on the tweet.

“Blame Dhawan for reviewing his plumb LBW,” another one joined in.

A fan termed it “just awful umpiring”, while another said: “Looks like that cost #TeamIndia the match, real shame as #RohitSharma innings deserved to be on the winning side of the fixture.”

Reacting on Dhoni’s unfortunate dismissal, vice-captain Rohit Sharma, at the post-match press conference, said: “Taking DRS can be tricky. We don’t even have 15 seconds to talk to the batter, only 5-7 seconds by the time they walk over. Rayudu said he thought the ball was drifting down leg side and I thought the same. We don’t think about these decisions once they have happened, and you cannot always be right.”

“It is important to use DRS well. Maybe once we reach Adelaide, we will talk about it. It is a learning for us, but what’s done is done,” he added.

Dhoni established a 137-run partnership with Rohit Sharma, who impressed with a 133 off 129 balls. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored three boundaries and a six, Rohit smashed 10 boundaries and six sixes to sweep the Sydney crowd off their feet.

Jhye Richardson led Australia’s bowling attack as he claimed four big wickets. Jason Behrendorff and Marcus Stoinis took two wickets each while Peter Siddle dismissed Kuldeep Yadav (3) to join the party.

Earlier, Australia rode on half-centuries by Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb to post 288 for five after opting to bat.

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav claimed two wickets each, while Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a big scalp of Usman Khawaja. 

The second ODI will be played in Adelaide on Tuesday.





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MS Dhoni’s Dubious Dismissal During First ODI Upsets Fans


After having missed the T20 International series Down Under, MS Dhoni made a strong statement in the One-day Internationals with a fighting half-century in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. While India lost six of their batsmen for single-digit scores, MS Dhoni put up a strong fight for the visitors with opener Rohit Sharma. However, India lost the match by 34 runs to go 0-1 down in the three-match ODI series. Chasing a competitive target of 289 runs, Dhoni scored 51 off 95 balls before being given LBW in Jason Behrendorff’s 33rd over.

By then, India had lost both their reviews and Dhoni had to depart without any resistance. But fans on the social media are busy resisting. Most of them were quick to express pity over the unfortunate occurrence. 

In a video of Dhoni’s controversial dismissal tweeted by cricket.com.au, some fans blamed “poor” umpiring while others slammed Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu, who wasted both the reviews early in the match.

“A howler that even the commentators couldn’t predict in normal time,” a user replied on the tweet.

“Blame Dhawan for reviewing his plumb LBW,” another one joined in.

A fan termed it “just awful umpiring”, while another said: “Looks like that cost #TeamIndia the match, real shame as #RohitSharma innings deserved to be on the winning side of the fixture.”

Dhoni established a 137-run partnership with Rohit Sharma, who impressed with a 133 off 129 balls. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored three boundaries and a six, India vice-captain Rohit smashed 10 boundaries and six sixes to sweep the Sydney crowd off their feet.

Jhye Richardson led Australia’s bowling attack as he claimed four big wickets. Jason Behrendorff and Marcus Stoinis took two wickets each while Peter Siddle dismissed Kuldeep Yadav (3) to join the party.

Earlier, Australia rode on half-centuries by Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb to post 288 for five after opting to bat.

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav claimed two wickets each, while Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a big scalp of Usman Khawaja. 

The second ODI will be played in Adelaide on Tuesday.





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Big Bash League: Rashid Khan Plays MS Dhoni’s Helicopter Shot Again. Watch


Rashid Khan, who played a Big Bash League game for his franchise Adelaide Strikers on December 31 in spite of his father’s death, is back in the news for playing the MS Dhoni-style helicopter shot yet again. The last time Rashid Khan played the unique shot was during a T10 League encounter, and that had invoked applause from veteran batsman Virender Sehwag. This time around, he’s done it in the Big Bash League during a match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Adelaide Strikers.

Watch this GIF doing the rounds on social media:

Rashid Khan, who walked out to bat at number eight for the Adelaide Strikers, smashed two boundaries and two sixes in his 21-run cameo, eventually taking his side to a fighting total of 158/6.

Previously, Rashid Khan had played the much-loved helicopter shot during a match between the Maratha Arabians and the Pakhtoons of the T10. He had smashed a full-length delivery from Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Irfan.

On December 31, Rashid Khan announced his father’s death on Twitter, saying, “Today I lost the most important person in my life,father-the everlasting candle.Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Now I know why u always asked me to be strong,bcz u knew that today I would need the strength to bear your loss. Will be always in my. I miss u #plztalktomeOnce,” he wrote.





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Gautam Gambhir Slammed On Twitter For Criticising MS Dhoni’s Selection Policy In 2012 CB Series


Gautam Gambhir, who retired from all forms of cricket last week, had criticised former India captain MS Dhoni’s selection policy in the 2012 CB series on Saturday. And this move has backfired for the former Indian opener. People on Twitter, precisely Dhoni fans, aren’t willing to take Gambhir’s words in their stride. Gambhir had revealed that Dhoni had considered the idea of not playing him, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar together in the final XI to give youngsters a chance ahead of the 2015 World Cup. In the same interview with India Today, Gambhir revealed how it was a “massive shock” to know that the team for the 2015 World Cup was being selected in 2012.

Here’s how people slammed Gambhir for his remarks on Dhoni.

Gambhir, who played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India, had said, “In the 2012 Tri-series in Australia, Dhoni declared that he can’t play all three (Gambhir, Sachin and Sehwag) of us together as he was looking ahead at the 2015 World Cup. It was a massive shock, I think it would have been a massive shock for any cricketer. I have not heard anyone be told in 2012 that they would never be a part of the 2015 World Cup. I always had the impression that if you keep scoring runs, age is a just a number.”

“First you decided that you won’t play the three of us together, then you decided that you are going to play the three of us together. Either the original decision was wrong, or the second decision was wrong. He took that decision as a captain and it was a shock to all three of us,” Gambhir added.

In the 2012 CB series, India won just three matches out of eight with one finishing in a tie. Dhoni’s team failed to reach the best of three final, which was contested by Australia and Sri Lanka with the hosts winning the first and third final.

Virat Kohli was the highest run-getter in the series for India with Gambhir close on his heels. The left-hander scored a total of 308 runs in seven matches at an average of 44 while Kohli scored 373 runs in eight matches.

Sehwag, who played just five matches in the series, had a torrid time with the bat, managing a total of just 65 runs at a dismal average of 13. Tendulkar played seven matches and scored 143 runs at an average of 20.42.





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“Was A Massive Shock”: Gautam Gambhir Slams MS Dhoni’s Captaincy During 2012 CB Series


Gautam Gambhir, who recently announced his retirement from all forms of the game, has taken a pot shot at former India captain MS Dhoni’s selection policy during the 2012 CB series in Australia. The left-hander, who is playing his farewell match in the Ranji Trophy with Delhi, revealed that Dhoni made the decision to not play him, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag together in the XI, rather giving opportunities to youngsters before the 2015 World Cup. However, with the Indian team struggling for results, Dhoni went back on his decision and included the trio with Sehwag and Tendulkar opening, and Gambhir coming in at one down.

Dhoni’s reversal didn’t sit well with Gambhir. The left-hander said that “if you take a decision, back your decision. Don’t back on something on which you have already decided”.

Gambhir also said that it was a “massive shock” to him that the team for the 2015 World Cup was being selected in 2012.

“In the 2012 Tri-series in Australia, Dhoni declared that he can’t play all three (Gambhir, Sachin and Sehwag) of us together as he was looking ahead at the 2015 World Cup.

“It was a massive shock, I think it would have been a massive shock for any cricketer. I have not heard anyone be told in 2012 that they would never be a part of the 2015 World Cup. I always had the impression that if you keep scoring runs, age is a just a number,” Gambhir told India Today.

“If you have the skills to score the runs and you are not a liability on the field, you can go on to play as long as you want. This was always told to us and even in Australia we got to know that all the three can’t play together, and we eventually got to play together.

“When we were in a desperate need to win a game, I remember in Hobart, Viru and Sachin opened and I batted at three with Virat batted at four. India won that game and we had to chase in 37 over.

“At the start of the series, we didn’t play together, it was a rotation thing. When it was a desperate moment, MS had to play three of us. If you take a decision, back your decision, stick to it. Don’t back on something on which you have already decided.

“First you decided that you won’t play the three of us together, then you decided that you are going to play the three of us together. Either the original decision was wrong, or the second decision was wrong. He took that decision as a captain and it was a shock to all three of us,” Gambhir added.

In the 2012 CB series, India won just three matches out of eight with one finishing in a tie. Dhoni’s team failed to reach the best of three final, which was contested by Australia and Sri Lanka with the hosts winning the first and third final.

Virat Kohli was the highest run-getter in the series for India with Gambhir close on his heels. The left-hander scored a total of 308 runs in seven matches at an average of 44 while Kohli scored 373 runs in eight matches.

Sehwag, who played just five matches in the series, had a torrid time with the bat, managing a total of just 65 runs at a dismal average of 13. Tendulkar played seven matches and scored 143 runs at an average of 20.42.



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Rishabh Pant Takes Six Catches In An Innings, Equals MS Dhoni’s Test Record


Rishabh Pant, who is carrying the onus of wicket-keeping in Test cricket for the Indian cricket team, after MS Dhoni’s retirement and Wriddhiman Saha’s injury, on Saturday achieved a significant feat. The 21-year-old Rishabh Pant during the ongoing Adelaide Test against Australia became the Indian wicket-keeper to take most catches in an innings equalling MS Dhoni’s record. Pant achieved the feat after taking Josh Hazlewood’s catch behind the stumps from Mohammed Shami’s delivery in the first innings. It was Pant’s sixth catch in the innings and Dhoni had achieved the same feat in Wellington, 2009.

The 37-year-old Dhoni had called time on his Test career in 2014. He had played his last match in the longest format of the game in Melbourne against Australia from December 26 to 30, 2014.

Pant, meanwhile playing only his sixth Test match has scored 346 runs with an average of 43.25 and the highest score of 114.

In the going match, Pant managed to score 25 runs in the first innings before he was sent back by Nathan Lyon. His knock was laced with two boundaries and one hit over the fence.

Saha, on the other hand had underwent a surgery a shoulder surgery in Manchester, earlier this year.

The 34-year-old Saha has the experience of 32 Tests under his belt and scored 1,164 runs with the highest score of 117.





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