Srikkanth backs Dhoni for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Sherman Parsons
January 19, 2019

Veteran wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni expertly guided India to the win with an unbeaten 87 with solid support from Kedar Jadhav on 61 not out.

India has won the final ODI of India Vs Australia ODI series powered by MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav, and ultimately won the series.

India clinched the one-day worldwide series with a seven-wicket victory with four balls to spare in the third and deciding game against Australia in Melbourne on Friday.

The T20I series between the two teams was tied and then India won their maiden Test series on the Australian soil by 2-1.

The skipper said each one of his teammates delivered when it mattered and that has made the side supremely confident for the World Cup in England, which starts May 30.

Earlier, Indian leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who was awarded Man of the Match, grabbed his first opportunity in the series with both hands, taking a career-best 6 for 42 to decimate Australia for a paltry 230.

While Dhoni was lucky to be dropped on 0 and 74 but Australian bowling never had the sting to unsettle the Indian batsmen despite skipper Virat Kohli (46) being dismissed with more than 100 runs left. Dhoni faced criticism for slow batting in the ODI series-opener in Sydney before redeeming his pride and reputation with match-winning contributions in the Adelaide and Melbourne ODIs.

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Kohli was all praise for Chahal, who replaced Kuldeep Yadav in the playing eleven for the decider match in Melbourne.

Unpredictability is India's strength heading into the World Cup this year, declared Kohli and commended his team for making him look good as a captain.

Jadhav then soothed Indian nerves as he scored his fourth ODI half-century off 52 balls, as the equation came down to 14 needed off 12.

Only Peter Handscomb showed any appreciable fight for Australia with his 58 off 63 balls before he became one of Chahal's victims. He twice removed Virat Kohli in the three matches.

Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja steadied the innings before Adelaide centurion Marsh was smartly stumped by Dhoni off a wide down the leg-side from Chahal for 39.

Glenn Maxwell hit a breezy 26 off 19 balls before Mohammed Shami enticed him to pull with a short-pitched delivery to Kumar sprinting in from the deep to take a diving catch.

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