Spectators entered the M Chidambaram Stadium earnestly hoping to see a Sachin Tendulkar century. They were to leave it chanting the name of the unbeaten double-centurion MS Dhoni, after watching one of the most brutal and influential innings the ground has witnessed.
Crashing and caressing his highest score, Dhoni tilted the first Test firmly India’s way after three days in Chennai. In a startling display of power and poise that amounted to a six-hour celebration of Dhoni’s inimitable technique, Australia’s bowlers, fielders and captain Michael Clarke were humbled. India lead by 135, but the psychological effect of such an innings is bound to be weightier than that, much as Tendulkar flattened Mark Taylor’s team on this ground in 1998.
So supremely did Dhoni play, barely offering a chance, that he overshadowed a perfectly constructed century by Virat Kohli, who proved an ideal partner for his captain. Australia’s worst fears of subcontinental conditions – an unresponsive pitch, neutered fast bowlers and uncontrollable Indian batsmen – were realised as Kohli and Dhoni tore the attack to shreds in the first 45 minutes after lunch. Read more
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