Justin Langer Urges Australians To Learn From MS Dhoni
Australia head coach Justin Langer has lavished praise on veteran India star MS Dhoni after his heroic helped the visitors win their maiden bilateral ODI series win Down Under.
After a forgettable 2018 where he managed just 275 runs in 20 ODIs, MS Dhoni has started 2019 with a bang. Dhoni started 2019 on a bitter-sweet note, scoring a fifty in the first ODI against Australia. However, he faced criticism for consuming as many as 96 deliveries as India lost the game by 34 runs. But in just the following game, he made a big mark with both wicketkeeping gloves as well as the bat.
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He scored an unbeaten fifty and shared fifty-plus stands with Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik to take India home and level the series. And on Friday, he once again starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 87 as India beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the three-match series 2-1. It is India’s first bilateral ODI series win Down Under.
Promoted at number four, Dhoni came to the crease when India were struggling at 59 for 2 in the 17th over. India then found themselves in further trouble after being reduced to 113 for 3 when Jhye Richardson dismissed Virat Kohli. With in-form Kohli gone and just 113 runs on the board, India were staring down the barrel. However, Dhoni once again showed his class, mastering another chase to fire India to a monumental win. He and Kedar Jadhav, who scored 61, shared an unbeaten 121-run stand to take India home.
Justin Langer has now hailed the India star, saying that the World Cup-winning skipper is a role model.
“He is 37 years old. His running between the wickets is elite, and his fitness is elite. For him to run between the wickets for three days in a row, it was 40 degrees the other day, and play like that, he is a superstar of the game and that’s what Australians should be aspiring to be – superstars of the game,” Langer said at the post-match press conference.
Langer added that Dhoni showed his squad how the job is done.
“You drop MS Dhoni a couple of times and you don’t win. You don’t give great players chances. We did that tonight. We get down the 49th over and MS is there again. It was a great lesson for our squad. We talk about match winners, getting the job done — he showed us again. It is a great tutorial for our batters,” he said.
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