MS Dhoni always gets huge support from the crowd when he bats in India, but, Chennai crowd takes it to another level. Maybe that’s why Dhoni reached Chennai for the first ODI before anyone in the team. Dhoni’s services were once again required when India’s top order took a hit from Australian speedster Nathan Coulter-Nile. Dhoni needed to stay there and that’s exactly what he did. He survived a runout scare in the 22nd over and never looked back.
There’s no one really in the world at this point of time who plays the waiting game better than Dhoni. He lets other players have a crack at the bowlers assuring that on the other end the wickets will remain intact. This quality of his assured that he reaches his 66th half century in ODIs and makes the century of half-centuries in his international career and also becoming the fourth Indian batsman to do it.
Dhoni held on to his end till the last over scoring 79 runs from 88 balls scoring 4 fours and 2 sixes. Soon enough Twitter got filled with congratulatory messages, memes, and jokes appreciating Dhoni’s innings. The centurion of international centuries, Sachin Tendulkar was not far behind as he congratulated Dhoni in his own style. He tweeted-
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 17, 2017
Here are the pick of the tweets-
If the team is a PC, Dhoni is the operating system. Keeps working in the background, supporting all new apps/players
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) September 17, 2017
What a relationship between a man and an adopted city. MS Dhoni and Chennai.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 17, 2017
Dhoni be like pic.twitter.com/CJKgPdY8XC
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) September 17, 2017
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 17, 2017
— Bindas Ladki (@bindasladki) September 17, 2017
Me whenever I watch Dhoni bat.. pic.twitter.com/9X0CT3Hykc
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) September 17, 2017
— Aman (@TheAlteria) September 17, 2017
— चरित्रवान (@Charitra_Heen) September 17, 2017
— Sunil (@akshaykanitkar) September 17, 2017
Dhonions ~ All Australian Players Are Dhoni Fans…
Other Guy ~ How ??
Dhonions ~ See, They All Are Wearing CSK Jersey…..#INDvAUS
— Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) September 17, 2017
Kohli – Captain of team India
Dhoni – Captain of whole India
— விவேகன் (@gethu_offl) September 17, 2017
— MADRAS CENTRAL (@MadrasCentraI) September 17, 2017
— Aldam Jacob (@aldamjacob) September 17, 2017
— Vîñît kûmäwât (@msdianvk) September 17, 2017
— Mohit Agarwal (@moyaagarwal) September 17, 2017
— KAUSHIK S (@Kaushik1695S) September 17, 2017
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 17, 2017
Dhoni gave Hardik Pandya singles when he launched a brutal onslaught on Australian bowlers, especially Adam Zampa. He gave Pandya as many strikes as possible when he was on fire and changed his role when the all-rounder got out.
The chants of Dhoni-Dhoni echoed in MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai as they backed the Chennai Superkings skipper to fire. Dhoni struck a few blows in the death overs and ran hard between the wickets. His sensible innings took India to a fighting total of 281 for 7 in 50 overs.