MS Dhoni created a record during the fourth ODI against West Indies recently. It was a record he would like to forget sooner rather than later. He scored 114-ball 54 as India went down to West Indies by 11 runs. Dhoni’s fifty came off 108 balls.
Dhoni’s fifty was the slowest by an Indian cricketer since 2001. Sourav Ganguly held the previous record, scoring a fifty off 105 balls against Sri Lanka in 2005. Dhoni’s slow innings came in for much criticism among all quarters. He was expected to guide the team through the finishing line. But he fell at the penultimate over to bring India’s downfall.
It is painful to see the world’s best finisher’s finishing skills on the wane. Dhoni was so disappointed that he sat alone post the loss.
BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad, however, took it sportingly and said it was rather Dhoni’s attempt to make a return to Test cricket. Dhoni had quit Tests in 2014. And his slow batting is ideal for Tests.
MSK Prasad announced the decision to welcome back Dhoni in Tests on Facebook, sparking comments and trolls from Indian players. Have a read at this interesting conversation.
(P.S: It’s a fake Facebook wall done in humour)