India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI (D/N), Mohali, Oct 23 2016, New Zealand tour of India
Match Result: India won by 7 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Virat Kohli [154*(134)]
Match Report: Another example of how Dhoni kept scoring runs well beyond the age of 35. Its not easy scoring runs, in fact running in between the wickets gets a lot more difficult once you cross that number. But then again, as they say, age is just a number. Dhoni might be grey-haired, but the cricketer still has that same energy he had when he came from the small town of Ranchi. In this article, we celebrate another masterclass of Dhoni.
While the article is on Dhoni, it is worth mentioning that it was Virat Kohli who was the player of the match. Come on guys, the year was 2016. You know the Kohli of 2016. He scored an unbeaten 154 and took India beyond the finishing line yet again. Chases like this one is what gave him the title – Chase Master. This whole match was mostly a two-heroes show.
Virat Kohli: “Bit of luck went my way, I feel sorry for Ross, it’s never easy to drop a catch and the batsman carries through. I’ve done that, and Brendon got 300 in Wellington. We may have given a bit too much to New Zealand, but we took it as an opportunity to chase them down, because we know we are a good chasing team. Good to have MS up the order, and Manish gave me confidence as well when he came in. Shows the confidence he has, he was run-out in the last game, but he came here and did his job.
Some of the boundaries he hit early on helped me relax. We fed off each other, I fed off MS as well. And it wasn’t the easiest pitch. Some balls were stopping on us. In the past I have tried to play out of my skin, getting overexcited, but I’ve realised if I can time the ball, and hit the gaps and run hard, I can still get runs. If a bowler can hit the right areas a be good, a batsman can be good playing proper shots.
Me and MS had a chat, he took on the spinner, even mistimed hits go over the crowd. I know teams want to get me out immediately, so I take my time, go with the flow and then attack at the end. For that you need to play percentage cricket and I know I can play good cricketing shots and still get runs”
MS Dhoni | India Captain: “I think we would have done better in the last game, but what’s important is coming back and doing well in the next one and I felt it was a very good game for us initially, I thought it would be a high-scoring game, but the bowlers did well in the middle overs to restrict them to 280. The surprise package has been Kedar, he has always given us wickets in the middle overs, and that’s when you can restrict the opposition.
But we have to finish better with the ball, the last five, six, seven overs. I have no clue how he gets wickets. It’s important to have one in the top five to bowl a few, especially with left-handers in the opposition with him being an offspinner. I have batted lower down for a long time, I think 200 innings down the order. To some extent I am losing an ability to freely rotate in the middle, so I have decided to bat up and let the others finish.
But I know I should still look for the big shots. Once you get 15-20 runs, you get into the groove. There were points in the middle where I had to pull myself from playing big shots, and batting with Virat helps because we know we can get boundaries, and get those quick singles and doubles.
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Video of MS Dhoni Fighting 80 Runs : 3 Sixes 6 Fours : IND v NZ 2016https://t.co/mffXVmCmwV— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) December 7, 2021