Indian wicketkeeper-batsman and former skipper MS Dhoni has found his form back. He had an pretty indifferent 2018 with the bat. But since the start of 2019, Dhoni has once again found his mojo back.
In the three-match ODI away series against Australia, Dhoni scored three back-to-back fifties. As a result he won the Man of the Series award. All those half-centuries came when India were chasing the game.
In the home ODI series against the Aussies, Dhoni scored a half-century in the first match. He stitched a 141-run partnership with Kedar Jadhav in that game and helped to win the game by six wickets.
In the meantime there are talks going around that Dhoni might retire after the 2019 World Cup. However former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that the Jharkhand-born cricketer can continue if he remains consistent. In an interview to Hindustan Times, Ganguly said:
Dhoni can continue after the World Cup. If India wins the Cup and Dhoni performs consistently then why should he retire? Age is never a factor if talent is there.
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No change in the opening combination
Sourav even talked about opener Shikhar Dhawan, who is having a poor form with the bat recently. However Sourav believes that the opening combination shouldn’t be tampered with. Nevertheless he didn’t leave KL Rahul out of the equation.
“The opening combination should not be tweaked. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the ideal pair to give India a fast start. But KL Rahul is also there. Shikhar and Rohit should open. Other than the two, Rahul is another batsman who can open,” Ganguly added.
Rahul played the two-match T20I series and scored fifties in both of them. However he wasn’t part of the first two ODIs against Australia. On the other hand Dhawan scored a golden duck in the first game. In the second one his hard work was undone by part-time off-spinner Glenn Maxwell.