Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni has always been known for showing unmatched commitment on the field. He has always maintained enormously high standards of fitness and once again he gave the testimony of the same to the world of his lightning quick reflexes and feet between the wickets.
In the 1st ODI between Australia and India, Dhoni pinched a quick single in the 26th over after dropping the delivery on the off side. The non-striker Rohit Sharma also responded well to the call as it looked extremely close as the fielder had already got to the ball. But, just like a tiger on the prowl – Dhoni made a full stretch dive that saved him in the end. Along with Rohit, he went on to get a 100+-run partnership to bail India out of a crisis situation.
At the age of 37, Dhoni is also the oldest wicketkeeper to appear in ODI at the SCG since AJ Stewart, at 39y 290d, for England v Australia on 23 January 2003. His knock eventually ended on 51 as Behrendorff got his wicket. This is his’s highest score since January 2018 in ODIs. His previous highest score was 42* against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2018. Meanwhile, Dhoni also became the fifth batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for the Indian cricket team.
Here is the effort by Dhoni that is winning the internet:
— ye cricket hai (@cricket_ye) January 12, 2019
In the last July, during the Lord’s ODI against England (14 July 2018), Dhoni completed his 10,000 ODI runs in 273 ODI innings. But while he also played three ODIs for Asia XI in 2007, where he scored 174 runs, including one century (139*), he has now completed the 10,000 ODI runs for his national team.
Here is how Twitterati responded to the dive:
Giving advices to bowlers
Taking catches of opponents
Keeping wickets for team
Risking life for nation
Scoring runs for team
Hitting sixes against Australia
All a 37 year old man can do for his country pic.twitter.com/fjnB0K2FYQ
— Subham (@subhsays) January 12, 2019
That's the commitment from MS Dhoni for you. Walked in at 3.5 when Team was 4-3. Guess that's what is expected by Management and Captain and he is doing it fine. Holding one end, building partnership and taking us closer for the new finishers to do thier job after #AusvInd #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/L6YfvK1DLz
— TEAM MS DHONI #Dhoni (@imDhoni_fc) January 12, 2019
— Vipul K.S. Singh (@Singh__Vipul) January 12, 2019
Earlier, former India captain MS Dhoni walked into the middle when India was reeling at four for three chasing 289 at Sydney Cricket Ground. Dhoni came in and took his time as India was looking to get their chase on track, he had Rohit Sharma for company at the other end.