MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael Clarke

first_imgBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke has heaped praise on MS Dhoni, saying the India wicketkeeper has matured with age and that he has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin.Clarke’s comments came after Dhoni became the oldest Indian to win a Man of the Series award in an ODI series. Dhoni hit three fifties on the trot in the three-match series between India and Australia, thereby helping the Asian giants create history on Australian soil.Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 in a tricky chase of 231 in the series decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after a rare failure from captain Virat Kohli. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman stitched an unbeaten 121-run stand with Kedar Jadhav (61*) after coming in to bat at No. 4.Earlier in the week, Dhoni had scored an unbeaten 55 to help India gun down a 299-run target in the must-win second ODI at Adelaide Oval. The 37-year-old was, in fact, criticised for his 96-ball 51 during India’s 34-run defeat in the series opener in Sydney.”He [Dhoni] has gone from a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin. He is still unbelievable. There is an adjustment. He is more experienced now, he knows his game better now,” Clarke told Sony Six after Friday’s ODI.Clarke added: “He acknowledges his partner at the other end more now. When MS Dhoni started, he didn’t need a partner irrelevant of whether his partner got a duck, scored a fifty or a century if they needed 50 off 20 balls, the partner’s job was to get MS Dhoni on strike. Now he knows how important it is for his partner to be able to find that boundary and lead up to MS Dhoni pressing gold. He’s had that in the last two games.”advertisementIndia’s series win sealed with a boundary!#AUSvIND | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/7Nqy8H47LBcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019Dhoni as important to Kohli as Ricky Ponting was to me: ClarkeClarke also insisted that MS Dhoni is key to India’s chances of doing well at the World Cup and pointed out the importance of the experienced campaigner in guiding captain Virat Kohli.Questions were asked were over Dhoni’s place in the limited-over sides after some ordinary performances with the bat in 2018 wherein he had managed only 275 runs from 20 matches.However, Dhoni always had the backing of captain Kohli and the team management even as the likes of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik were doing enough to earn themselves World Cup 2019 berths.”It’s a great sign for India cricket. Robin and I were talking about MS Dhoni’s leadership skills and how it helps Virat Kohli out and how important it’s going to be at the World Cup,” Clarke added.”It’s no different from Ricky Ponting. When he stood down as the captain, we all wanted Ricky Ponting to stay around the group because his leadership, his talks about training, his experience helped the team so much and my leadership.”I think MS Dhoni’s role in this team is just as big when he was captain of India. It’s just a little different now.”Also Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Also Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso See:last_img

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