India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Known for his lightning-fast speed and reflexes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is unarguably among the fastest runners in the world, especially on the cricket field. At the age of 37, not many have the answer to Dhoni’s pace and speed on the 22-yard pristine strip. On Tuesday, the pace came in handy as he tried to dodge a fan, who breached security in pursuit of a hug from the charismatic former captain. Dhoni did embrace the man but only after making him run for it.
Dhoni, who was all set to take position behind the stumps when India began their defence of 250 against Australia in the second ODI in Nagpur. At that moment, a fan broke through the security to run on to the field wanting a hug from the World Cup-winning former skipper.
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A grinning Dhoni quite literally played hard to get while the rest of the Indian team enjoyed the little moment before the second innings of the match got underway. The man, clad in a white T-shirt, ran after his idol, who relented after a few seconds and embraced him.
The fan also touched Dhoni’s feet before he was escorted out by a Vidarbha Cricket Association volunteer and a few security personnel.
Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli’s resolute 40th hundred under pressure steered India to a competitive 250 despite a middle-order collapse in the second ODI. Australia’s spin troika of Adam Zampa (2/62 in 10 overs), Glenn Maxwell (1/45 in 10 overs) and Nathan Lyon (1/42 in 10 overs) bowled well in the middle obvers although it was Pat Cummins who had the best figures of 4 for 29.
Kohli came in after Cummins sent back opener Rohit Sharma (0) in the very first over. The Indian skipper was in good touch and played some delightful drives whenever the ball was pitched up.
In conditions which tested the fitness of each and every player, Kohli struck only 10 boundaries and ran a lot of singles and twos in his 116-run knock.