MS Dhoni Brought Out The Bowler In Me, Says Kedar Jadhav


Jadhav, who made a comeback after recovering from a hamstring injury, contributed with three crucial wickets in the Asia Cup clash against Pakistan on Wednesday.

“I don’t bowl much in the nets. Honestly, I just bowl a couple of overs in the practice session before a match. I think if I try and work on my bowling in the net sessions, then whatever is there … it might get broken. So I stay in my limit,” said Jadhav, who has played 42 ODIs for India.

“We try to do what we’re expected to do – bowling in the right areas, you know, keeping the pressure while the fielders are in the circle. If we stick to the processes, the results will take care of itself, and that’s what I feel is happening,” Jadhav said about his wicket-taking abilities.

The 33-year-old also feels a tweak in his fitness regimen after a surgery in April has also helped him become a better cricketer. “I feel my fitness has improved after my surgery, and in the last four months I have learnt a lot about training and fitness. It has definitely helped me and has made me a different cricketer.

“Every time I did my rehab previously, I used to start playing, (thinking) that the problems won’t come back again. Many a time I also used to miss my routine, but now, regardless of how I feel, I start my day with either gym or running.

“That gives me confidence that I’m getting stronger and fitter every day, and that helps me on the field,” said the 33-year-old, who did not get to bat against Pakistan.

India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by eight wickets in the Group A clash and Jadhav is hopeful that he may get to make another vital contribution when the two teams meet again on Sunday in a Super Four encounter. “India-Pakistan matches are always exciting, we won and it feels good. But we treat every team with the same intensity,” he said.

Jadhav was also asked about skipper Rohit Sharma’s sublime half-century in the low-scoring game, he said watching him bat is mostly “unreal”.

“When Rohit bats like the way he did, we know we wouldn’t have to go in to at all. It’s always exciting to watch him bat. It’s unreal at times, you wonder ‘how can that shot even be hit’,” he said.

On whether the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli is an opportunity for players like him, as suggested by former skipper Kapil Dev, Jadhav said the observation is not completely off the mark. “When he bats, he doesn’t get out. So yes, when he is not in the team, we get more opportunity to bat. But he is the backbone of our team. We definitely miss him,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)



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MS Dhoni Bats In Full Flow At Nets As India Gear Up For Pakistan Clash In Asia Cup. Watch


Dhoni, who stepped down as ODI and T20I captain in January 2017, has played 321 ODIs for India, scoring 10046 runs at an average of 51.25. He has 10 centuries and 67 fifties to his name.

The 2011 World Cup winning captain Dhoni last featured in the limited-overs leg of the recently-concluded series between India and England. He received a lot of flak after his lackluster performance in the three-match One-day International (ODI) series against England that India lost 1-2. He scored just 79 runs in three matches.

Recently, Dhoni became the fourth Indian and 12th overall in ODI history to score 10,000 runs. He achieved the milestone during second ODI against England at Lord’s.

With this incredible feat, Dhoni joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya on the elite list.

The 2011 World Cup winning captain is only the second wicketkeeper-batsman to touch the 10000-run mark. Sangakkara was the first designated wicketkeeper-batsman to achieve the landmark.

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India lifted the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the World Twenty20 in 2007. Dhoni also led India to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England.





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MS Dhoni Should Bat At No.4 Says Zaheer Khan


Asia Cup 2018: MS Dhoni Should Bat At No.4 Says Zaheer Khan


Zaheer Khan said that MS Dhoni will be able to soak in pressure in the No.4 slot. © AFP


Ahead of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash in the Asia Cup 2018, former pacer Zaheer Khan on Tuesday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should bat at the crucial No.4 position, given his vast experience. Talking about the how important the No.4 slot is, Zaheer said that it is a crucial position to soak in pressure and play accordingly to the situation. “At No. 4, I do feel someone like MS Dhoni needs to give a go ahead because keeping the World Cup in mind, it’s a very crucial position to soak in pressure and play according to the situation,” Zaheer said.

“So far, the Indian team has been winning matches when they have had a great start, but in situations where they do not have a good start, experience is required to control the situation,” Zaheer further mentioned.

The former India pacer also felt that the hundred struck by KL Rahul in the last and the fifth Test against England last week will bolster his confidence in the continental showpiece.

“Rahul will get some confidence from his last test match innings. The brilliant 150 (149) which he scored should give him enough self-assurance. He should be the one batting at No. 3 as Rohit (Sharma) and Shikhar (Dhawan) have been extremely consistent batting at one and two and Rahul will be filling in the gap with regards to Virat Kohli,” Zaheer remarked.

Zaheer has played 92 Tests for India, picking 311 wickets and 200 One-day internationals where he picked 282 wickets.

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Young Fan Reacts In Agony After MS Dhoni Departs For A Duck In Asia Cup Tie Against Hong Kong. Watch


One of the modern greats of the game, MS Dhoni, getting out on a duck doesn’t happen quite often in cricket. In his 322-match ODI career, this rare occurrence has happened only nine times. The latest one occurred on Tuesday during India’s Asia Cup clash between India and Hong Kong in Dubai. One of the greatest finisher of the game, Dhoni, departed for a 3-ball duck in the first innings of the match. The episode caused great disappointment amongst the Dhoni fans. One such disappointed young fan was inside the stadium, who had come to see his idol fire against the minnow opposition. Dhoni’s surprise departure, shocked the young fan and the on-field camera’s captured his unbelievable disappointment.

India posted a decent target of 286 against Hong Kong in their opening match of the 2018 Asia Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Asked to bat first after losing the toss, the defending champions India, at one stage were cruising towards a big target, being comfortably placed at 240 for two after 40.3 overs. But soon after the departure of centurion Shikhar Dhawan (127), India lost wickets in quick succession.

After a poor run in the England series, a lot was expected from Dhoni, but the former Indian skipper disappointed with the bat in the opening match of the tournament. Post Dhoni’s departure, India’s middle order also failed to handle the pressure and they eventually managed 285 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their quota of 50 over.

One of the top contenders of the Asia Cup, India will hope to win their opening match against Hong Kong with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in their ranks.

India will next face Pakistan in their second group game on Wednesday in Dubai.





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MS Dhoni Turns Mentor In Head Coach Ravi Shastri’s Absence


Despite handing over the captaincy baton to Virat Kohli a while ago, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is often seen instructing the Indian side during a match. Not just Virat Kohli, other members of the team too consider MS Dhoni their mentor. Ahead of the India’s Asia Cup 2018 opening match against Hong Kong, Dhoni was seen mentoring the youngsters during a net session. He took the responsibility in the absence of head coach Ravi Shastri. Shastri and the rest of the support staff are yet to reach the UAE which prompted Dhoni to take up the role a mentor.

The Indian cricket board has roped in India A bowlers Avesh Khan, M Prasidh Krishna, Siddarth Kaul, Shahbaz Nadeem and Mayank Markande to help India batsmen prepare during the Asia Cup.

The bowlers got a brief pep talk from Dhoni, the 2011 World Cup winning captain before the 37-year-old hit the nets.

Dhoni, who stepped down as ODI and T20I captain in January 2017, has played 321 ODIs for India, scoring 10046 runs at an average of 51.25. He has 10 centuries and 67 fifties to his name.

The 2011 World Cup winning captain Dhoni last featured in the limited-overs leg of the recently-concluded series between India and England.

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India lifted the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the World Twenty20 in 2007. Dhoni also led India to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England.





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MS Dhoni Is “Everybody’s Go-To Man In The Team”, Says Ambati Rayudu


“Obviously, he (Virat) is a big miss and loss to the team. However, we still have enough quality in the team to go out and win. He (Dhoni) has been India’s captain and always been the go-to man for everybody in the team,” Rayudu said at a media conference on Saturday. “He (Dhoni) has helped me a lot in terms of how I recovered this season.”

With India yet to settle their middle-order conundrum with less than a year left for the World Cup, there is a chance for players such as Rayudu to stake a claim in the playing XI.

“To be very honest, (I) haven’t thought about it (middle-order) or looked at it as a competition. It’s just an opportunity to express myself and (I) don’t want to put more pressure to my game by thinking about these,” he said.

The 32-year-old, returning to the team after a long injury-induced layoff, added, “I don’t think anybody is actually thinking about the World Cup. We are in for the Asia Cup and I don’t think anybody is thinking about it right now.”

India will not have even a day’s rest for their match against arch-rivals Pakistan. Just a day after taking on Hong Kong, India will clash against Sarfraz Ahmed’s team on September 19.

“I don’t think it will be a disadvantage. It will be definitely tough and I’m sure we will do best possible things to recover and go out fresh to play the next game.”

He said that it was frustrating to miss out on the limited overs leg of the England tour despite a stellar Indian Premier League season for Chennai Super Kings. Rayudu failed to the make the Indian team after flunking the yo-yo test in his first attempt.

“Obviously it was frustrating to miss out on the England tour. But I’m happy that I can come back and give the test and get picked to play in the Asia Cup.

“This year I played well in the IPL. The main thing is that I feel age doesn’t matter as long as you are fit.”

(With PTI Inputs)



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MS Dhoni Greeted With ‘Respect’ By Pakistan All-Rounder Shoaib Malik


Asia Cup 2018: MS Dhoni Greeted With


Mahendra Singh Dhoni will return to cricketing action with Asia Cup 2018. © AFP


Mahendra Singh Dhoni will return to cricketing action with Asia Cup 2018 scheduled to get underway from September 15. Team India’s seasoned campaigner Dhoni, who has an experience of 321 One-Day International (ODI) matches under his belt, will be seen in action for the first time after he played the limited overs series against England in July, 2018. On Friday, veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik was captured in a video, posted by ANI on their Twitter account, walking up to the Indian during the team practice. Malik was seen entering the area where Team India held their practice session, and shaking Dhoni’s hand as a mark of respect for the former India skipper.

India will open their campaign on September 18 against Hong Kong. While Pakistan will play their first match against Hong Kong on September 16.

India and Pakistan will come face-to-face in the much-awaited clash on September 19 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.

Pakistan hold an edge over defending champions India in the ODI head-to-head contest. Pakistan have won 73 times while India have clinched victory on 52 occasions.

India, led by Rohit Sharma in absence of Virat Kohli, will be eyeing to defend their title at the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup while Pakistan will aim to clinch their third title.

Pakistan had earlier won the Asia Cup in 2000 and 2012








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MS Dhoni Reveals Why He Gave Up The Team India Captaincy For Virat Kohli


Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Team India’s most successful captain, sent shock waves across the cricketing world when he relinquished the limited-overs captaincy ahead of the One-day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) against England in January 2017. MS Dhoni has revealed that the decision to make way for his successor Virat Kohli was not impulsive but a well-thought-out one. “I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said was quoted as saying in sections of the media.

“Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time,” Dhoni said in Ranchi recently.

Dhoni had given up the Test captaincy in December 2014, when he retired from the format after the Melbourne Test. However, he stayed on as ODI and T20I captain after having taken on those roles in 2007.

Dhoni led India to victory in the 2007 World T20 in South Africa, the 2011 World Cup in India, and the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.

Dhoni captained India in 199 ODIs, of which he won 110 and lost 74. He was captain in 72 T20Is, of which India won 41 and lost 28. He was also India’s most successful Test captain, with 27 wins, 18 defeats and 15 draws.

Dhoni is also the only captain to have led India to ODI and T20I series wins in Australia, and an ODI series win in New Zealand.

He made 6633 ODI runs as captain at an average of 54 and a strike rate of 86. As a captain in T20Is, Dhoni scored 1112 runs at a strike rate of 122.60. In Test cricket, he made 3454 runs at an average of 40.63.

Dhoni, who is still available for selection as a wicketkeeper-batsman, will be in action in the Asia Cup 2018.



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MS Dhoni Reveals Why He Gave Up The Team India Captaincy For Virat Kohli


Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Team India’s most successful captain, sent shock waves across the cricketing world when he relinquished the limited-overs captaincy ahead of the One-day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) against England in January 2017. MS Dhoni has revealed that the decision to make way for his successor Virat Kohli was not impulsive but a well-thought-out one. “I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said was quoted as saying in sections of the media.

“Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time,” Dhoni said in Ranchi recently.

Dhoni had given up the Test captaincy in December 2014, when he retired from the format after the Melbourne Test. However, he stayed on as ODI and T20I captain after having taken on those roles in 2007.

Dhoni led India to victory in the 2007 World T20 in South Africa, the 2011 World Cup in India, and the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.

Dhoni captained India in 199 ODIs, of which he won 110 and lost 74. He was captain in 72 T20Is, of which India won 41 and lost 28. He was also India’s most successful Test captain, with 27 wins, 18 defeats and 15 draws.

Dhoni is also the only captain to have led India to ODI and T20I series wins in Australia, and an ODI series win in New Zealand.

He made 6633 ODI runs as captain at an average of 54 and a strike rate of 86. As a captain in T20Is, Dhoni scored 1112 runs at a strike rate of 122.60. In Test cricket, he made 3454 runs at an average of 40.63.

Dhoni, who is still available for selection as a wicketkeeper-batsman, will be in action in the Asia Cup 2018.



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