Following an enthralling match at Adelaide Oval against Australia National Cricket Team led by Aaron Finch, India rode on the back of Virat Kohli’s superb ton and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten and much-needed 55 to level the ODI series one each. In particular, the match has witnessed Dhoni literally reviving himself as a finisher. Recently, Dhoni weathered the criticism for his timid batting at Sydney. And with this, Dhoni had set some record under his belt by helping India to chase down the target by six wickets in the 50th over, for India.
When India required seven runs in the second ODI on January 15 (Tuesday), Dhoni smashed a maximum in style on the bowling of Jason Behrendorff before scampering for a single—to clinch the game for visitors by six wickets alongside Dinesh Karthik (25* off 14 balls). Earlier, classic Kohli registered sublime 104 off 112 balls while chasing down the target of 299.
To talk about the staggering numbers we have Dhoni and Indian National Cricket Team’s skipper Kohli, who have had emerged as best finishers over the years.
On the other side, Kohli has often set the chase for India while backing himself with those daddy hundreds. He has now bagged 39 ODI hundreds. The top order batsman is bound to achieve more with the way he is performing against the top teams.
There is some competition between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, folks.
However, in the minimum last 25 ODI innings, Kohli was topping the coveted chart of the players with successful run chases in the day-long format. Now, the 37-year-old Ranchi-based veteran Dhoni has gone past the batting giant owing to the decimal points.
To be precise, Dhoni’s batting average in the successful ODI chases read as 99.85, whereas, Kohli maintained it as 99.04. Dhoni, who has been a champion batsman for Team India, equally fared well for the team in the 50-over format with his average well over 50.
During his 55-run unbeaten knock against the Kangaroos, we found Dhoni almost running out of breath. But he kept on ticking the scoreboard by rotating the strike to respond his critics in style.
So far, the champion player in Dhoni remained not out on 79 occasions in overall 334 ODIs. He recently completed his 10,000 ODI runs for India. The prominent batsman smashed 10 tons and 69 half-centuries to his name.
On the other hand, Kohli remained unbeaten on 37 occasions in 218 ODIs. He amassed 10339 runs in 210 innings at the staggering average of 59.67.