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MS Dhoni to the rescue: The hero Team


India deserves
MS Dhoni has been in sensational form in 2017 and has already played three match-
winning knocks to bail India out of trouble against England, Sri Lanka and Australia.
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3 The team management before eventually winning the game by three wickets. Young
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September 17, 2017 : In the rst ODI of a hyped series against
Australia, India had slipped to 11/3 in the sixth over. Virat To The Point : End Of
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round show. He blasted a 66-ball 83 and picked two wickets including that of Steve Smith.

However, there was a common factor in all of three victories. His performances had quietly
slipped under the radar as Yuvraj Singh, Dananjaya and Pandya grabbed headlines with the
sheer audacity of display. That common factor was MS Dhoni.

Steering the team out of trouble and winning games is of course not new for Dhoni. But
there came a point when many had started to doubt his abilities. After retiring from Test
cricket, Dhoni's abilities, many thought, were on the wane.

Having bid adieu to Tests in 2014, he followed it up with a middling 2015, scoring 640 runs
from 20 ODIs at 45.71, The next year was worse as DHoni totalled a mere 278 from 13 ODIs
at 27.80. Never since his debut in 2004, had he endured a worse year where he had played
more than four ODIs.

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To make matters worse, India lost successive ODI series against Bangladesh, South Africa
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and Australia. Dhoni was beginning to lose his nishing abiities and there were calls to look
for a replacement. Wriddhiman Saha had successfully slipped into Dhoni's position in Test
cricket - surely, a replacement could be found in ODIs too.
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On all three occasions, India were set for defeat. England had fancied their chances after
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old nemesis, who had only brought about a few technical changes without tempering any of
his ferocious hitting abiities.

Dhoni has been unstoppable this year with 627 runs from 19 matches. His average of 89.57
is the highest among batsmen with at least 600 runs so far in 2017. Even better, Dhoni has
achieved all this without compromising on his strike-rate which is still a healthy 85.65.
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settled position for the legend.

Coach Ravi Shastri, in a recent interview with India Today, said Dhoni had some surprises in
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experience and calm are rare commodities in the frenetic world of modern-day cricket. India
are blessed that way. For everytime they are in trouble, all the dressing room needs to do is,
dial MSD.
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