India vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni On Verge Of Breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s Record In New Zealand


Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been in top form since he made comeback to India’s One-day International (ODI) squad during the recently-concluded tour of Australia. With a hat-trick of fifties in Australia, the 37-year-old shrugged off the concerns regarding his declining form and place in India’s World Cup squad. Now, as Virat Kohli’s team is just two days away from locking horns with New Zealand in a limited-overs series, Dhoni is eyeing to break a record set by none other than Sachin Tendulkar. Dhoni, with 456 runs in 10 matches, is currently third on the list of India’s leading run-getters in an ODI series in New Zealand. The former skipper stands behind Sachin Tendulkar (652 in 18 matches) and Virender Sehwag (598 in 12 matches).

Hence, Dhoni requires 197 runs to overcome Tendulkar and add another milestone to his name.

Dhoni could not get going with the bat in 2018 as he scored only 275 runs in 20 innings, recording the worst average and strike rate in his 12-year-long international career.

When Dhoni made a comeback with his first ODI game since September 2018, he scored 51 off 97 deliveries. His fifty against Australia in Sydney came almost a year after his last half-century against Sri Lanka.

Dhoni also became the fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli to score 10,000 ODI runs.

Dhoni followed that with a 55-ball 54 in Adelaide and a series-clinching 87 off 114 balls Melbourne to help India script a historic 2-1 win Down Under.

Dhoni, who made his 50-over debut for India in December 2004, has 16 international centuries to his name and effected more than 800 dismissals behind the stumps.

 The five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand begins in Napier on January 23.



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Virat kohli, MS Dhoni are prainsed by Ian Chappell, Compared with Bradman and Baven


नई दिल्ली: हाल में टीम इंडिया ने ऑस्ट्रेलिया में इतिहास रचते हुए टेस्ट और वनडे सीरीज जीती. वनडे सीरीज में टीम इंडिया के लिए पूर्व कप्तान महेंद्र सिंह धोनी ने लंबे समय बाद अपनी बल्लेबाजी की लय वापस हासिल करते हुए वे फिनिशर की भूमिका में भी नजर आए. धोनी के ‘फिनिशिंग टच’ के बारे में आलोचकों ने पिछले कुछ समय में कई सवाल उठाते रहे हैं. वहीं ऑस्ट्रेलिया के पूर्व कप्तान इयान चैपल अब भी विश्व कप विजेता पूर्व कप्तान को 50 ओवर के प्रारूप में ‘सर्वश्रेष्ठ फिनिशर’ मानते हैं. वहीं चैपल का मानना है कि टीम इंडिया के वर्तमान कप्तान विराट कोहली भारत के महान बल्लेबाज सचिन तेंदुलकर का रिकॉर्ड भी तोड़ सकते हैं.

धोनी को हाल में ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ उनकी विजयी पारियों के लिये ‘मैन आफ द सीरीज’ चुना गया था. इससे भारत ने ऑस्ट्रेलिया में पहली वनडे सीरीज अपने नाम की. चैपल ने पूर्व भारतीय कप्तान की सूझबूझ और इतने लंबे समय तक खेलने के जज्बे को सलाम किया. चैपल ने एक वेबसाइट में अपने कॉलम में लिखा, ‘‘किसी के पास भी उनकी तरह मैच को फिनिश करके जीत दिलाने वाली सूझबूझ नहीं है. कई बार मैंने सोचा, ‘‘इस बार उन्होंने थोड़ा देर से शाट लगाया’’, लेकिन थोड़ी देर में हैरान हुआ कि उन्होंने दो ताकतवर शाट लगाकर भारत को रोमांचक जीत दिला दी.’’ 

Ian Chappell

चैपल ने कहा, ‘‘वे बाहर से जिस तरह के शांत चित्त दिखते हैं, वह कोई भ्रम नहीं है क्योंकि ऐसे हालात में वे जिस तरह से खुद को बदलते हैं, वह इस बात का सबूत है कि उनका दिमाग ऐसी परिस्थिति में बेहतरीन ढंग से काम करता है.’’ 

धोनी ने बेवन को भी पीछे छोड़ा
माइकल बेवन को खेल के महान सूत्रधारों में से एक माना जाता है, उनसे तुलना करते हुए चैपल ने कहा कि धोनी ने ऑस्ट्रेलिया के छठे नंबर के इस बल्लेबाज को पीछे छोड़ दिया है. उन्होंने लिखा, ‘‘बेवन मैच का अंत चौके से करते थे, लेकिन धोनी छक्के से करते हैं. जहां तक विकेटों के बीच में दौड़कर रन लेने की बात है तो आप निश्चित रूप से बेवन को सबसे पहले मानेंगे लेकिन 37 साल की उम्र में भी धोनी खेल में सबसे तेज रन लेने वाले खिलाड़ियों में शामिल हैं.’’

चैपल ने कहा, ‘‘बल्लों में सुधार की अनुमति देने और टी20 क्रिकट में खेलने के फायदे से, आंकड़ों के हिसाब से धोनी बेवन से बेहतर है. इसमें कोई बहस नहीं हो सकती कि धोनी सर्वश्रेष्ठ वनडे फिनिशर हैं.’’ पिछले कुछ समय में आलोचकों ने धोनी की धीमी पारियों की आलोचना की थी लेकिन इस खिलाड़ी ने एडीलेड में गगनचुंबी छक्का जड़कर उन सभी को चुप कर दिया. 

ऐसे की विराट की तारीफ
सर्वश्रेष्ठ वनडे बल्लेबाज की बहस के संबंध में चैपल को लगता है कि विराट कोहली महान खिलाड़ी विव रिचर्ड्स, सचिन तेंदुलकर और एबी डिविलियर्स को पीछे छोड़ देंगे और अपने करियर का अंत ‘एकदिवसीय मैचों के सर डोनाल्ड ब्रैडमैन’ के तौर पर करेंगे. उन्होंने लिखा, ‘‘कोहली अपनी वनडे बल्लेबाजी के तरीके से मुझे रिचर्ड्स की याद दिलाते हैं, वे शानदार शाट लगाते हैं और कई पारंपरिक स्ट्रोक्स पर निर्भर होते हैं. अगर वे इसी मौजूदा रन गति से खेलना जारी रखेंगे तो वे तेंदुलकर के कुल शतकों को पार कर लेंगे और इस लिटिल माटर से करीब 20 शतक आगे रहेंगे.’’ उन्होंने लिखा, ‘‘अगर वे इन शानदार उपलब्धियों को हासिल करने के करीब भी पहुंच जाते हैं तो इसमें कोई शक नहीं कि वे वनडे बल्लेबाजों के सर डोनल्ड ब्रैडमैन बन जाएंगे.’’





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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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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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WWE’s Paul Heyman’s Tweet Citing “Amazing” MS Dhoni Leaves Fans In Splits


Following MS Dhoni’s heroics against Australia on Friday, the official handle of the Cricket World Cup heaped praised on the former India captain.

Paul Heyman was one of the many who replied to the tweet but the hilarious nature of his reply left fans in splits.

Some fans were taken aback by Heyman’s reference to Dhoni while others imagined him introducing the former India captain.

On Friday, MS Dhoni once again showed his worth to the Indian team with the bat in hand as he took the visitors to a thrilling seven-wicket win.

The former India captain also became the only the fourth Indian to score 1,000 ODI runs on Australian soil after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Going into the decider at MCG, Dhoni needed 36 runs to reach this milestone. Not only did he achieve the landmark, he was crucial to India’s cause as the visitors chased 231 to win the match and the three-match series.

Dhoni scored three consecutive half-centuries to take his total tally to 193 runs in three matches at an average of 193 and a strike rate of 73.10. Dhoni was adjudged Man of the Series for his brilliant performance.





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Glenn Maxwell Seeks ‘Catching Tips’ From Haidee Birkett After Dropping MS Dhoni In ODI Series Decider


“Any tips appreciated Haidee. #butterfingers #catcheswinmatches,” Maxwell said on Twitter along with the video of Birkett’s catch posted by cricket.com.au.

Sharing the 39-second-long video on Twitter, cricket.com.au summed up the thrilling semifinal match situation with a caption: “Final ball. Five to win. Four for a Super Over. Spot in the Final up for grabs… Then this happens! Haidee Birkett, take a bow!”

In the ODI series decider at the MCG, Maxwell had dropped an easy catch off the Dhoni’s willow that cost Australia the match. After the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan (23), Dhoni played a loose cut shot on a short of length outside off delivery by Marcus Stoinis. The ball carried comfortably to the left of backward point but Maxwell dropped a sitter.

As Maxwell shared the video of Birkett’s impressive catch, fans were quick to take a dig on the Australia’s high-rated fielder.

“You need this badly in yesterday’s game,” a user replied on his tweet.

Another one joined in, saying: “Ooo.maxi…last night you dropped the match…it is a sitter as per your standards.”

“Catches win the matches. That’s why Australia lost yesterday,” a used said. 

However, an Indian fan was also upset with Maxwell for dropping Dhoni. “Like one you dropped one at point yesterday! As a Indian cricket team fan,how much I wanted you to take that catch…now because of you I have to watch ‘not so agile’ #Dhoni for an year more,” he tweeted.

Having won the ODI matches in Adelaide and Melbourne, India clinched the three-match series 2-1. Australia had won the opening match in Sydney by 34 runs.

Earlier, India won their first-ever Test series in Australia, the four-match rubber by a margin of 2-1 after the final Test in Sydney ended in a draw.

The three-match T20 International series between India and Australia had ended in a 1-1 draw. With the ODI series triumph, India made sure they return home without losing a single series on the tour Down Under.





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WWE’s Paul Heyman’s Tweet Citing “Amazing” MS Dhoni Leaves Fans In Splits


Following MS Dhoni’s heroics against Australia on Friday, the official handle of the Cricket World Cup heaped praised on the former India captain.

Paul Heyman was one of the many who replied to the tweet but the hilarious nature of his reply left fans in splits.

Some fans were taken aback by Heyman’s reference to Dhoni while others imagined him introducing the former India captain.

On Friday, MS Dhoni once again showed his worth to the Indian team with the bat in hand as he took the visitors to a thrilling seven-wicket win.

The former India captain also became the only the fourth Indian to score 1,000 ODI runs on Australian soil after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Going into the decider at MCG, Dhoni needed 36 runs to reach this milestone. Not only did he achieve the landmark, he was crucial to India’s cause as the visitors chased 231 to win the match and the three-match series.

Dhoni scored three consecutive half-centuries to take his total tally to 193 runs in three matches at an average of 193 and a strike rate of 73.10. Dhoni was adjudged Man of the Series for his brilliant performance.





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Watch: MS Dhoni Takes Dig At Retirement Rumours With Cheeky Gesture


MS Dhoni was rumoured to retire from limited-overs cricket by social media fans after the India-England One-day International (ODI) series last year. The rumour broke out after MS Dhoni carried the match ball to the dressing room. However, after the just-concluded India’s ODI series against Australia, MS Dhoni made sure nobody spreads such rumours by handing over the match ball to batting coach Sanjay Bangar. After handing the ball to Sanjay Bangar, MS Dhoni said, “Ball lelo nahi to bolega retirement lerahe ho.”

In the series, Dhoni also proved he can still finish matches for India by playing two consecutive match-winning knocks in India’s first bilateral ODI series triumph in Australia.

Dhoni also notched up three consecutive half-centuries in the series against Australia and was adjudged the Man of the Series for his brilliant performances.

However Dhoni, who remained not out on 87 runs in the third and final ODI to help India clinch the series 2-1, said it was not about where he batted 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 New Zealand in the first of five-match ODI series at the McLean Park in Napier.

Dhoni averages over 50 in the ODIs with the highest 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 stumping 117 times in ODIs.





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Watch: MS Dhoni Takes Dig At Retirement Rumours With Cheeky Gesture


MS Dhoni was rumoured to retire from limited-overs cricket by social media fans after the India-England One-day International (ODI) series last year. The rumour broke out after MS Dhoni carried the match ball to the dressing room. However, after the just-concluded India’s ODI series against Australia, MS Dhoni made sure nobody spreads such rumours by handing over the match ball to batting coach Sanjay Bangar. After handing the ball to Sanjay Bangar, MS Dhoni said, “Ball lelo nahi to bolega retirement lerahe ho.”

In the series, Dhoni also proved he can still finish matches for India by playing two consecutive match-winning knocks in India’s first bilateral ODI series triumph in Australia.

Dhoni also notched up three consecutive half-centuries in the series against Australia and was adjudged the Man of the Series for his brilliant performances.

However Dhoni, who remained not out on 87 runs in the third and final ODI to help India clinch the series 2-1, said it was not about where he batted 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 New Zealand in the first of five-match ODI series at the McLean Park in Napier.

Dhoni averages over 50 in the ODIs with the highest 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 stumping 117 times in ODIs.





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Glenn Maxwell Seeks ‘Catching Tips’ From Haidee Birkett After Dropping MS Dhoni In ODI Series Decider


“Any tips appreciated Haidee. #butterfingers #catcheswinmatches,” Maxwell said on Twitter along with the video of Birkett’s catch posted by cricket.com.au.

Sharing the 39-second-long video on Twitter, cricket.com.au summed up the thrilling semifinal match situation with a caption: “Final ball. Five to win. Four for a Super Over. Spot in the Final up for grabs… Then this happens! Haidee Birkett, take a bow!”

In the ODI series decider at the MCG, Maxwell had dropped an easy catch off the Dhoni’s willow that cost Australia the match. After the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan (23), Dhoni played a loose cut shot on a short of length outside off delivery by Marcus Stoinis. The ball carried comfortably to the left of backward point but Maxwell dropped a sitter.

As Maxwell shared the video of Birkett’s impressive catch, fans were quick to take a dig on the Australia’s high-rated fielder.

“You need this badly in yesterday’s game,” a user replied on his tweet.

Another one joined in, saying: “Ooo.maxi…last night you dropped the match…it is a sitter as per your standards.”

“Catches win the matches. That’s why Australia lost yesterday,” a used said. 

However, an Indian fan was also upset with Maxwell for dropping Dhoni. “Like one you dropped one at point yesterday! As a Indian cricket team fan,how much I wanted you to take that catch…now because of you I have to watch ‘not so agile’ #Dhoni for an year more,” he tweeted.

Having won the ODI matches in Adelaide and Melbourne, India clinched the three-match series 2-1. Australia had won the opening match in Sydney by 34 runs.

Earlier, India won their first-ever Test series in Australia, the four-match rubber by a margin of 2-1 after the final Test in Sydney ended in a draw.

The three-match T20 International series between India and Australia had ended in a 1-1 draw. With the ODI series triumph, India made sure they return home without losing a single series on the tour Down Under.





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