Twitter erupts in delight as MS Dhoni returns to lead India against Afghanistan
Dhoni will lead India for the 200th time in the ODIs.
Updated - Sep 25, 2018 4:53 pm
Team India has managed to surprise and shock everyone with their team selection for their inconsequential game against Afghanistan. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan both have been rested and to everyone’s surprise, MS Dhoni has returned to lead the side for the 200th time in the One-Day Internationals. The sparse crowd roared and welcomed back the veteran at the helm when he walked out for the toss at the Dubai International Stadium.
Apart from Rohit and Dhawan, the Men in Blue have also rested Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ahead of the mega final of the Asia Cup which will be played on Friday. However, this opportunity has presented MS Dhoni to lead the Indian team once again and it has also completed the milestone for him in the ODIs.
He has been the best captain for India over the years as the team has won all the three ICC trophies under his tutelage and all the eyes will be on him today as he takes the reins back albeit only for a day.
Afghanistan opt to bat first
As far as the toss is concerned, Afghanistan have opted to bat first after winning the toss and Asghar Afghan, their skipper, was keen on playing to their strength of defending the total. They have been already knocked out of the tournament but would be itching to make an upset in the tournament by beating India before bowing out of the competition.
Deepak Chahar, however, has been handed over his ODI debut and Siddarth Kaul also returns to the side as Khaleel Ahmed will take over the new ball duties it seems. The likes of Manish Pandey and KL Rahul have also got a game after warming the bench for the whole tournament and they will be tested today against the strong Afghanistan bowling line-up who bank on their spinners.
Meanwhile, Twitter was delighted to see MS Dhoni and flooded the social media platforms with welcome back messages.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
I thought I'd meet my friends and skip today's match, but destiny had other plans.
— Kaustubh Mayekar (@ThatInnerVoice_) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni completes 200 ODIs as India captain, rather reluctantly.
199 was so much more romantic & personified Dhoni better #INDvAFG
— Pushkar Kulkarni (@pushkar_18) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni is leading India for the 200th time.
— Krishna Raj (@rajkrishna52) September 25, 2018
— Prashant Pareek (@prashan23S) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni is captaining the Indian team today! 😍😭
— Utkarsh Verma (@utkarshv13) September 25, 2018
— Rishi balaji (@rishibalaji97) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni as Captain:
Oct 2016: 199th ODI
Sep 2018: 200th ODI
Goosebump moment when he walked on the field for the toss ❤️💛
— Neel Patel (@NeelPatel189) September 25, 2018
— Kishore Bardhan (@KishoreBardhan) September 25, 2018
1 sort of 200 but he resigned!!
But Destiny had others idea!!
Today he returns & he completing this!!
200th ODI match for Ms Dhoni as a Captain!!
— Sanjay Msd (@SanjayMsd07) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni is the CAPTAIN!!!!! Miracles do happen 🙌
Itni khushi Allah, now I can die in peace. ♥️ #INDvAFG
— YAAAAAAS QUEEN!! (@Gracious_Gal) September 25, 2018
Afghanistan Won The Toss. Opted To Bat.
MS Dhoni Is Captain Today. After 2 Years. His 200th ODI As Captain
Manish Pandey Comes In For Rohit Sharma. Debut For Deepak Chahar
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 25, 2018
— S H U B H A M 💙♥ (@ShubhamK_45) September 25, 2018
Most ODIs as a captain:
— T.S.Suresh (@editorsuresh) September 25, 2018
— Sanchit 🔴⚪️ (@sanchitd43) September 25, 2018
— Shubham Hudda (@ImHudda) September 25, 2018