MS Dhoni’s maiden double hundred could prove his career-defining innings

MS Dhoni is not called destiny’s child for no reasons. But he’s much more than that. Behind his unflappable exterior, there’s a man of astute cricketing brain with unswerving resolve. His scintillating innings on Sunday sent the Australian bowlers scurrying for covers as he notched up his maiden double century and broke several records to put India in a commanding position in the first Test against Australia at Chennai.

He came at the crease after Sachin Tendulkar was cleaned up by Nathan Lyon for 81 and India’s score was 196 for 4. The match was nicely balanced at that point and the Australia were looking to impose pressure and run through India’s lower middle order and tailenders. Dhoni drove the second ball he faced to mid on and scampered for a quick single to get off the mark. Virat Kohli was batting at the other end and had just completed his half-century. Dhoni decided to play second fiddle and pinched singles and doubles with consummate ease. He hit his first boundary off the 22nd ball he faced, lofting Lyon over mid-on. Read more
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