India vs West Indies 2018, 5th ODI: His heydays may well seem to be over but still the popularity and enigma around former India captain – MS Dhoni knows no boundaries. The stalwart of Indian cricket is a blockbuster hit not only in the country but all across the world especially in the southern region. Despite his ordinary performances in the limited-overs cricket in recent times, Dhoni is still a fan favourite and a glimpse of that was once again during the fifth and final ODI versus West Indies in Trivandrum. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: No Pay Cut For South African Cricketers For 2020-21 Season Despite Growing Concerns
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A plethora of fans gathered outside the stadium to celebrate the victory as men in blue thrashed West Indies in the five-match ODI series 3-1. The group of fans loudly chanted Dhoni’s name and shown their love and support for one of Indian cricket’s biggest superstar. The cricket fanatics shouted their heart out while enjoying among themselves outside the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. Also Read - Tim Paine on India Series: Presence of Steve Smith And David Warner Will Make Australia Tough to Beat
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Earlier, ahead of the fifth ODI between India and West Indies, some crazy cricket fans also showered their immeasurable love on the former India captain – Dhoni by placing a massive 35 feet cutout in front of the Greenfield stadium to welcome the champion cricketer. It is a well-documented fact that Dhoni shares a big following in the southern region of India and is a well-respected figure there.
On Thursday, India completed a nine-wicket demolition of the West Indies in the fifth match to complete their sixth successive series win at home. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets to help India bundle out the West Indies for 104 in just 31.5 overs. Pacers Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with two wickets each.
The home team took just 14.5 overs to reach the paltry target, courtesy an unbeaten 99-run stand between Rohit Sharma (62 off 54) and captain Virat Kohli (33 off 29), following another low score from Shikhar Dhawan.
It was a complete surrender from the West Indies, who let themselves down after competing hard in the first three ODIs. The previous game at Mumbai too was dominated by the hosts before they romped to a 3-1 series win here.