Former India skipper MS Dhoni joined Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma to become the fourth Indian batsman to register 1000+ runs in Australia. For his consistent show in the three-match ODI series, MS Dhoni bagged the Man of the Series. He amassed 193 runs and was dismissed only once. His highest score in the series 87* also took India over the line in the final ODI at MCG, as he did in Adelaide earlier with a breezy 54-ball 55. Also Read - MI vs CSK Dream11 IPL 2020: MS Dhoni Creates Controversy With OPPO Sponsorship Move Ahead of Opener
In the decider at MCG, Dhoni stitched two crucial 50+ stands with Kohli and later with Kedar Jadhav to take India over the line for a historic win. Also Read - Football | MS Dhoni's Aggression And Humility Influenced Me, Says Anirudh Thapa
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In the post-match presentation, Dhoni said – “The wicket was slow which made it difficult to play shots. Their main bowlers bowled a very tight line in the middle overs so, it was important to take it to the end keeping in mind the bowlers we had to target in these conditions”.
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“Our game plan was simple that, we’ll give respect to the bowlers that are bowling well because there’s no point going after them and losing a wicket. Kedar batted well well and eased off the pressure from me.”
The 37-year-old veteran will be expected to play a pivotal role in the upcoming World Cup. After Australia, India will now tour New Zealand for a limited-overs series after which Australia will visit India for a five-match ODI series. That will then be followed by the IPL and then the all-important World Cup, which means India has a packed schedule leading into the big tournament.