IMAGE: Dhoni remained unbeaten on 56. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images
In the match against West Indies in Manchester in the ICC Cricket World Cup, India’s wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed 16 runs in the final over of India’s innings to take the team score over the 260-run mark.
Dhoni who was batting cautiously throughout the innings, brought out big shots in the final over and he smashed West Indies bowler Oshane Thomas for two maximums and one four. The 37-year-old Dhoni was criticised by cricket fans for his slow innings against Afghanistan.
The right-handed batsman came under scrutiny by many former players for his approach. But Dhoni’s unbeaten knock of 56 runs against Windies had Twitter applauding his gutsy effort.
“What an end to the innings !! When even the advertisement is celebrating and endorsing the man himself !! DHONI #INDvsWI,” one fan wrote.
One Twitter user wrote, “Dhoni and his finishing touch to the game remain the same”.
“Once a legend, always a legend #Dhoni,” one fan tweeted.
One cricket fan wrote, “Dhoni’s last Ball six and Kohli’s Celebration, Treat To watch”.
“#Dhoni knows what to do.. 16 runs off the last over.. His critics can keep quiet and let him play his game in the #ICCWorldCup2019 #InDhoniWeTrust,” another Twitter user wrote.
In the match between India and West Indies, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni guided India to a score of 268 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the allotted fifty overs.
Kohli played a knock of 72 runs whereas Dhoni remained unbeaten on 56. Kemar Roach took the maximum wickets for West Indies as he scalped three wickets.
India managed to keep their unbeaten streak alive in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as they vanquished West Indies by 125 runs.
Interestingly, India is now the only unbeaten team in this edition of the premier tournament. On the other hand, West Indies are out of the semi-final contention.