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Evolution of “The Dhoni”

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1.The beginning
India vs Pakistan 2nd ODI, Vizag, April 2005


With three consecutive disappointing performances from his debut, in his just 4th ODI match, Dhoni announced himself on the international stage by making destructive 148 from from just 123 balls against the biggest cricket rivals of India. With the spectacular 15 boundaries and 4 lofty sixes, helped Team India reach 9/356 from 50 overs. Pakistan gave tough fight in response but wasn’t enough as India grab the 58 run win. The remarkable match as a star was born.

2. The Rise
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI, Jaipur 2005

Dhoni introduced himself with this nasty knock against Sri Lanka at Jaipur. The long-haired mighty 25 year old Mahi walked out to bat after the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar with scoreboard equation 7/1. Came out as pinch hitter, which we might see getting a quick for 50 or so but very difficult to carry that fashion for extended time. That wasn’t the case with Dhoni, as his dazzling inning of 183 of just 145 balls flooded with 15 boundaries and 10 destructive sixes, he took India single handedly win with 6 wickets in hand and chased down 299 runs with 4 overs to spare.

3. The Adelaide cameo
Australia vs India 2nd ODI, Adelaide,  February 2012

Australia while batting first, made a defendable 269 runs from their 50 overs. India while chasing the target needed 92 of 95 deliveries when Gambhir got out for 92. Dhoni, who loves taking a run chase to the very last over scored 44 from 58 balls. What made this inning exceptional was the fact that India needed 13 runs from last over. Dhoni, who hadn’t hit the boundary before the final over, came on strike requiring 12 runs off 4 balls. He dispatched 3rd delivery into the famous Adelaide Oval hill, the gigantic 112 meters six was one of the biggest six ever hit on the venue. Needing 6 off 3, he played in his style and took India to victory with two balls to spare.

4. ‘Dhoni abhi khel raha hai’
India vs Sri Lanka Final, Tri-nation Series, Port of Spain July 2013

After missing a few games before this final, he showed how invaluable he is to the team as he hits a magnificent 45* off 52 balls to win India tri-series.
Chasing a very achievable 202 runs, India was in total control as they reached 3/139 in 32 overs. But after dismissal of Rohit Sharma, team’s wickets collapse like a cards that left India reeling at 9/182. Needing 15 from last over and just no.11 Ishant Sharma for company. Dhoni was strike and hope wasn’t lost. Dhoni, being a confident worrier ready to face. After missing out a first delivery with no run, Captain cool delivered the next three balls for lofty 6, 4 and 6 respectively, finished it off in his style. Ingniting a cracker strip in a dressing room by Dhoni, India won on of the most memorable ODI wins.

5. The roar of Lion in IPL
RCB vs CSK Bengaluru 2019

One the best inning in IPL history by Dhoni. Batted first,  RCB scored 161 runs in their 20 overs. In a defense, RCB’s Stayne and Umesh Yadav put CSK on back foot to 4/28.
Dhoni, in his own style rebuilt the inning, while batting on 60, Yadav came in to defend 26 runs off in final 6 deliveries. Thala showcased his hard big-hitting talent once again as he bagged one four and three sixes in first 5 deliveries. Needing 2 in 1 ball, unfortunately run out non striker led CSK’s defeate by smallest margin. Dhoni records his highest T20 score and became first Indian player to hit 200 sixes in IPL that night.

6. Supergiant for Pune
Rising Pune Supergiants vs Kings XI Punjab, 2016

This was the first time MS was not donning yellow jersey, was drafted into Pune team. Was criticized for his captaincy and lack of form, MS again shut the mouth of haters by his bat.
While batted first Kings made respectable 7/172 in their 20 over. When RPS batted, the struggle all came down the last two overs when RPS needed 29 runs to win. The brilliant bowling by Mohit Sharma in 19th, gave just 6 runs. 23 runs required in the final, over was bowled by Axar Patel. MS was on strike, first ball with no run scored followed by wide delivery. 2nd ball he smashed into stands, again 3rd dot ball and then struck 4,6,6 in a row with last one by helicopter!

7. The Finisher
India vs Sri Lanka World Cup Final, Mumbai, April 2011

In an inning that carried the weight of more than a billion people, Dhoni evolved as greatest of all time. In the biggest match of his career  MS bravely decided to promote himself before Yuvi, who was in brilliant form right through the tournament. Dhoni hadn’t perform well and was in patchy form before final, scoring 150 runs in 8 matched with a highest score of 34. If by chance, his move in the final had failed, he would have been ridiculed by others. But “wo dhoni hai”, he knew his strength and believed in his game, therein lays Dhoni’s greatness. He started the inning slowly as usual, kept it simple. He didn’t even know when he was batting that he completed half century. After Gambhir departs, he took all on himself and along with Yuvi, “Dhoni finishes off in style and India lifts the world cup after 28 years” (I know you hearing these words through Ravi Shastri’s voice while reading). The Dhoni way!!

Throughout this, from start of the match to all the ceremony to press conference, Dhoni hadn’t take a bite of solid food. When he came to press conference, he asked to his very dear friend, cricket journalist Sunandan Lele that “Lele sahab, kuch khane ko hai kya?, biscuits ya kuch bahot bhook lagi hai, Dinbhar se kuch khaya nhi hai”, Lele handed him 4 Goodday biscuits which left in that only packet Lele had. He took that like child and finished them quickly, he was so hungry literally!”
This incident was recently shared by Sunandan Lele himself on his Facebook live, you can still go and watch there.

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Gavaskar trolling Anushka: Know the reality behind the drama

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When Indian cricket team captain’s performance failed during Thursday’s IPL match. His wife Anushka Sharma was apparently dragged in for his bad performance by former Indian cricket team captain Mr Sunil Gavaskar while commentating the match he stated “inhone to lockdown main bas Anushka ki gendo pe practice ki hai”. And it is not the first time when Virat’s actor wife was dragged in between. She is been trolled for her husband’s failure ever since they started dating each other. From then Virat has been supporting his wife via his Instagram handle.
But now Anushka took stand for herself replying to the joke made on her by Gavaskar saying that, “Mr. Gavaskar, your message is distasteful is a fact but I would love you to explain why you thought of making such a sweeping statement on a wife accusing her of her husband’s game? I’m sure over the years you have respected the private lives of every cricketer while commentating on the game. Don’t you think you should have equal amounts of respect for me and us? I’m sure you can have many other words and sentences in your mind to use to comment on my husband’s performance from last night or are your words only relevant if you use my name in the process? Its 2020 and things still don’t change for me. When will I stop getting dragged into cricket and stop being used to pass sweeping statements? Respected Mr. Gavaskar, you are a legend whose name stands tall in this gentleman’s game. Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this,” wrote Anushka. Thereafter twitter was flooded with tweets supporting Anushka Sharma for being trolled by Mr Gavaskar. Many famous names have joined this trend in support of Anushka. Defending his statement Gavaskar says, “I’ve not made any sexist comment. Neither have I blamed Anushka for anything. I would urge people to re-visit the clip,”
But it was found that Mr. Gavaskar was talking about the video where the couple was seen playing cricket in the building preview and was unknowingly shot on camera by a neighbour.
He referred anushka bowling virat in the same video.
Another commentator also added that there privacy should be respected.

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RCB wins last night,Ishan kishan won hearts

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Mumbai Indians “man for all seasons” Kieron Pollard’s scintillating strokeplay found its match in maverick Ishan Kishan as they nearly pulled off a Houdini Act before Navdeep Saini’s spectacular Super Over saw Royal Challengers Bangalore win an IPL humdinger on Monday. The small built Kishan put up a powerhouse performance scoring 99 off 58 balls with nine sixes while Pollard’s 60 off 24 saw them match RCB’s total of 201.

After 402 runs scored in an IPL game, it took a Super Over to decide the winner between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Monday.

Chasing a steep target of 202, Mumbai Indians captained by Rohit Sharma didn’t look in the hunt before Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan stepped up and produced an incredible 119-run fifth-wicket partnership off 51 balls that levelled the scores at the end of the 20 overs. The duo’s scintillating batting display helped MI score 89 in the last five overs.

While Pollard blasted 60 off 24, it was wicketkeeper-batsman Kishan’s 99 off 58 balls that got everyone on their feet.

Just before the two teams were headed for the thrilling Super Over, Kishan was snapped in the dugout, looking visibly tired and distraught that he couldn’t get his team over the finishing line.

Bowling the Super Over for RCB, Navdeep Saini gave nothing away to Pollard and Hardik Pandya as MI could only manage 7 off the Super Over. Virat Kohli after three bad matches did the needful as Jasprit Bumrah couldn’t defend a seven-run target with India captain winning it with a last-ball boundary.

After the loss, Rohit Sharma revealed that a physically drained Ishan Kishan struggled to come out to bat again against RCB. “He (Kishan) was drained out and was not comfortable. We thought we could send him but he was not feeling fresh,” Rohit Sharma said.

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Jab Yashasvi met Dhoni!

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When Rajasthan Royals take on Chennai Super Kings in an IPL 2020 match on Tuesday (September 22), all eyes will be on Yashasvi Jaiswal, who could get a place in the starting XI of the Royals.

If he indeed manages that, it will be a remarkable tale of turnaround for this India U-19 star, who was bought by Rajasthan Royals in the last IPL auction for Rs 2.4 crores.

Jaiswal won hearts on social media when the live cameras captured the moment he met MS Dhoni on the field.

Dhoni and Smith has just walked off the centre after the toss and as both players spoke to other cricketers, Jaiswal was seen walking up to Dhoni with a smile. When the former Indian skipper look at the 18-year-old, he greeted him with folded hands. A gesture that is being appreciated by many.

Yashasvi Jaiswal is a son of a shopkeeper from Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. He left home at the age of nine because all he wanted to do was play cricket.

Without a roof over his head and no money in his pocket, he landed in Mumbai. His father had spoken to him about his uncle (Santosh), who lived in Mumbai. Yashasvi managed to reach Santosh’s place, but could not stay there for long as it was a one-room tin shed.

From selling panipuri to becoming the ‘Player of the Tournament’ at the 2020 U-19 World Cup, Yashasvi has come a long way. Impressed by his extraordinary batting skills.

Jaiswal was highly rated in the domestic circuit before the U19 World Cup as well, most prominently scoring a double hundred for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy last year. It made him the youngest to get to the mark in 50-over cricket. The fact that he sold pani puris to make ends meet before making it in domestic cricket has only enhanced his reputation.

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