2nd ODI India vs Australia: Former India skipper MS Dhoni is a very popular man among his fans and we got to see that once again during the 1st ODI at SCG when he walked into bat with the team reeling at three for four runs. Chasing 289, India soon found themselves in huge trouble and that is when Dhoni walked into the middle and on seeing him, the crowd went ballistic at SCG. Chants of ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ erupted all around the stadium and for a moment it seemed India was playing at Wankhede and not SCG, such was the madness.
Here is the video of Dhoni’s fans shouting his name loud:
Dhoni, making a comeback in the team, took his team earlier on as the situation demanded that. He went on to stitch an important 136-run-stand with Rohit Sharma to get India’s chase back on track. The former skipper scored 51 off 96 balls and was unlucky as he was given leg before wicket. The replays showed that the ball had pitched outside the leg stump, but by then, Ambati Rayadu had already consumed the DRS. India eventually lost the match by 34, despite Rohit Sharma’s brilliant 133 off 129 balls.
Meanwhile, U-19 World Cup star Shubman Gill and all-rounder Vijay Shankar have been named as the replacement of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for the remaining ODI series against Australia and the upcoming tour of New Zealand. On Friday evening, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) suspended both the players, Hardik, and KL Rahul until further notice and has been sent home from the Australian tour.
It’s a maiden call-up for 19-year-old and is set to make his debut in the ODIs against the team like Australia. He has been in a good form in the domestic circuit, wherein he has smashed more than 1000 runs in 9 matches. In Ranji Trophy also he made his mark by slamming 790 runs in 10 innings at a massive average of 98.75. Earlier, it seemed Agarwal would be the choice for the selectors as he had a fairy-tale Test debut in the recently concluded four-match series against Australia, where he featured in the last two Tests and scored 195 runs off three innings, which laid the foundation of India’s mammoth innings.