MS Dhoni is the biggest rockstar! The former India captain got a rousing welcome when he walked out to bat at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vizag. Dhoni has fond memories of this ground, it happens to be the same venue where his blistering 150+ against Pakistan got the whole world talking about the long-haired rockstar. He may have become a global name but for the fans, he still remains the same; the humble next-door boy. Fans at the stadium went berserk on watching him come out to bat. Also Read - IND vs ENG: Michael Vaughan Warns England Ahead of India Series And Ashes, Says 'Preparing Green Pitches Won't do Any Good For Home Team'
The 37-year-old is not alien to such receptions, he gets the same treatment even in Australia, England or South Africa. He is probably the most popular cricketer of our times. Also Read - Rishabh Pant Smashes 121 off 94 deliveries After Shubman Gill's 85 in Intra-Squad Simulation Game Ahead of WTC Final
Here is the deafening noise Vizag fans make on watching their hero walk out in the middle. Also Read - VIDEO: Virat Kohli Bowling an Inswinger During India's Intra-Squad Game is All You Ever Wanted to See
Meanwhile, it was Dhoni’s 37-ball 29 that gave Indian bowlers something to bowl at. MS Dhoni’s strike rate of 78.37 is the second-lowest by an India batsman in a T20I inning of 35+ balls. The top order apart from KL Rahul failed to get going on a slow Vizag track.
One has to admit that India fought well to make a match out of it. The total of India 126 never looked good enough to challenge the Australians, but the Indians were disciplined in the field and with the ball apart from that forgettable last over. India will host Australia in the last T20I on February 27 and would be looking to level the series.