MS Dhoni looks in good nick at the MCG nets ahead of 3rd ODI
All eyes will be on Dhoni when India take on Australia in the 3rd ODI at the MCG.
Updated - Jan 17, 2019 5:21 pm
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni was seen practising in the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets on Thursday, ahead of the series-decider 3rd ODI against Australia on Friday. The 37-year-old was one of the first players to hit the nets in the morning as he focused on some hard-hitting lessons as he was criticized for not being able to finish the games for the team lately.
Dhoni used his experience and much-acclaimed finishing prowess and made his presence felt in the second ODI against Australia at Adelaide to level the series with a gritty fifty. Along with Virat Kohli, they put on an 82-run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter fell for 104 – it was his 39th ODI century and 24th while chasing. Dhoni, on the other hand, scored 55 runs off 54 deliveries, stitching an unbeaten 57-run stand from 34 balls with Dinesh Karthik, as the visitors chased down a steep target of 299 with four balls to spare
The Ranchi-born cricketer was criticized for his slow innings lately and despite his fifty in Sydney, his effort off 96 balls came under the scanner as India lost the match by 34 runs. However, his knock in second ODI was a welcome change for him as his effort was appreciated by many.
The veteran was seen practising in a video posted by BCCI and he executed some of the big shots the team and fans expect him to roll out during the match. The former captain seemed to be in good nick, as he negotiated the deliveries with a great amount of confidence. At the same time, he also seemed to be improvising as he attempted to hit a few sweep shots as well, during the course of the net session.
Here is the video of Dhoni practising at the MCG nets:
.@msdhoni looking in great touch here at the nets session ahead of the 3rd and final ODI against Australia.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2019
All eyes will now be on the last and final match that will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Fans will certainly be hoping to see another Dhoni special as Kohli & Co will take the field for the last time in the series against Australia Down Under.