Dhoni had been facing backlash on social media for his slow performance in the first ODI that was played between India and Australia.
However, Dhoni bounced back in the second ODI and played a knock that made his haters shut up for a while.
Talking about the same, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar said: “I thought yesterday’s contribution was very good. In the first match I felt he was a little rusty. He was not able to hit the ball where he wanted to. That can happen to anyone. But he walked out in the second match thinking differently. From ball one, he looked a different player. He is someone who likes to take his time, play a few dot balls, understand the bowling and take the game till the end. And that is exactly what he did.”
Sachin also mentioned that with Karthik and Dhoni in form, it gets really hard for young gun Rishabh Pant to get a break through.
He said: “You already have Karthik playing as a batter and you already have two wicket-keepers who have contributed to our success. They had that crucial partnership that won us the game. So, if you are looking to have Pant in the team that means you have to either remove a proper batter or remove a bowler and I don’t think you can afford to remove a bowler. So if he replaces a proper batter who doesn’t bowl then it is okay. But if he is going to replace an allrounder, that is going to cost us. One would want to encourage youngsters but we need to have that balance.”
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