3rd ODI India vs Australia Melbourne: Former India captain MS Dhoni was seen in ominous touch in the net session on the eve of the 3rd ODI at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Dhoni was improvising as he tried a few sweep shots as well, something that does not come to him naturally. With two half-centuries of different nature, Dhoni will certainly hold the key for India’s chances in the middle order. He has shown that he has the game along with the experience, which makes him indispensable from the team even at 37.

Here is how Dhoni turned on his T20I mode during net session ahead of the last ODI:

It was Dhoni’s 55 off 54 balls and a six of the final over that saw India over the line in a tight finish. Dhoni stitched a 57-run stand with Dinesh Karthik who along with the former skipper stayed unbeaten as they carried their bats through. India captain with his 39th ODI century laid the platform early on in a stiff 299 chase.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni from now on will be more like an anchor, who would “control the game till the end”, reckoned legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

“Please leave the gentleman alone,” former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, insisting that the veteran’s value to the team cannot be calculated despite the lack of consistency.

“There is no doubt that he should be a part of this team. Tonight was MS classic. He calculates the game so well. He takes the game till the end when only he knows what’s going on in his mind, and he backs himself to hit those big shots at the end,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.