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“India needs a player like MS Dhoni”, says Michael Holding

November 30, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Former Cricketer and commentator, Michael Holding's remark came as India blundered to a 66-run loss against Australia in the first ODI match on Friday. The Aussies put up a massive total of 374/6 in the fifty overs whereas Kohli's side confined to 308/8. 

"India has some talented players, but one thing is for sure that Kohli's men will struggle with the loss of MS Dhoni. Dhoni used to come to bat midway, and he used to take control of the chase. India has chased so well in the past with Dhoni in the team. That time the Indian team was never scared to win the toss and asking the opposition to bat because they know what Dhoni is capable of. This batting line-up is still very talented, and fantastic. But they still need a player like Dhoni. The team doesn't need Dhoni's skills but his strength of character," Holding said on his YouTube channel.

"MS Dhoni paces the chase really well" - Michael Holding

MS Dhoni has never panicked at any stage whenever the "Men in Blue" were chasing a game. The veteran usually paces the chase so well because he knows his ability and how to go about the situation. Whoever is batting with him, and Dhoni is always talking with them and helping them. Team India's batting line-up is fantastic, but MS Dhoni was an exceptional man with the bat in the run-chase, Holding added.

Chasing a grand target of 375, the visitors were never really in the game. Pandya kept the team in the run chase when they were starring down the barrel of defeat in the 14th over. It was Shikhar Dhawan (74) and Hardik Pandya (90) who put on 128 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. The "Men in Blue" failed to recapture their rhythm thenceforth. The terrific cameos from Ravindra Jadeja (25) and Navdeep Saini (29) did not help the cause either. The first part of the innings had already left a lot to be intended. Mayank Agarwal and Dhawan did get off to a good start and added 53 runs in the first five overs.

Soon after Pandya and Dhawan were sent back to the pavilion, the job was done for the men in yellow. Finishing the last few overs remained just a formality for the hosts.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth