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IND vs NZ, 3rd ODI: Should Dhoni Bat Up The Order!

Ritam Dutta
24 Oct 2016
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IND vs NZ, 3rd ODI: Should Dhoni Bat Up The Order!

Mohali: Today what our known finisher did at PCA stadium, Punjab is something new for us. Today once again the PCA stadium was witnessing some clean and crisp batting from the duo: the Captain cool MAHI and the test team India captain and Vice Captain of ODI team India Virat Kohli to outplay the guest. There is nothing new to say about Kohli as the “Run-Machine” has mastered his act of chasing in second innings of a game in ODI/T20 formats quite significantly. No matter what class opponent belongs to, Kohli bombarded the kiwis making undefeated 154 runs with 16 fours and 1 six to get his 26th ton of just 134 balls. He has scored his 3000 ODI runs in India today.

But today the billions of viewers got back their own MS Dhoni splendid in his form. A leader batted up in order mesmerized the crowd with his bat and a class of determination in his eyes. MS Dhoni became the 5th Indian batsman to score 9000 ODI runs along with legends like S R Tendulkar, S Ganguly etc. Dhoni Kohli joint forces demolished New Zealand in 3rd ODI of IND vd NZ Paytm Series 2016 on Oct.23, 2016. M S Dhoni may have silenced his detractors with a fine knock here but India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, assessing his batting in recent times, said "I am losing an ability to freely rotate in the middle".

Dhoni struck 80 runs off 91 balls and shared a 151-run partnership for the third wicket with Virat Kohli (154 Not Out) to guide India to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the 3rd ODI and help the hosts take a 2-1 lead in the five-match ODI series.

The skipper moved himself up to number four. "I have batted lower down for a long time, I think 200 innings down the order. To some extent I am losing my ability to freely rotate in the middle, so I have decided to bat up and let the others finish," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony. He added, "But I know I should still look for the big shots. Once you get 15-20 runs, you get into the groove. There were points in the middle where I had to pull myself from playing big shots, and batting with Virat helps because we know we can get boundaries, and get those quick singles and doubles."

About his in-form vice-captain, Dhoni said, "Right from the start, he is somebody who always wanted to improve to win games for India. He is somebody who has learnt a lot and he is somebody who knows his strengths really well. It's very difficult to say what the top level is in cricket, but Kohli has done India proud." Man of the Match Kohli, too, was modesty personified as he attributed his knock to "a bit of luck". "Bit of luck went my way, I feel sorry for Ross Taylor, it's never easy to drop a catch and the batsman carries through. I've done that and Brendon (McCullum) got 300 in Wellington," Kohli said referring to the drop catch when the batsman was on six.

Now the question is should MS Dhoni bat up the order! Should he change his role of being best finisher to a No. 4 pinch hitter? Anyways the debate will go on. But the ultimate thing is to make our nation proud with triumph.

Authored By Ritam Dutta

Ritam Dutta is an dedicated author of "Day On My Plate". He is an entrepreneur in mind and passionate blogger by heart. Moreover, he is also an academician, author, public speaker, investor, and internet personality.


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