Mahendra Singh Dhoni silenced his critics on Tuesday after he led his side to a series-levelling win against Australia in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval.
His knock of 55 (54) included 2 maximums and a lot of praises from the cricket pundits.
“There is no doubt that he (Dhoni) should be a part of the team. Tonight was an MS classic. He takes the game till the end, when only he knows what's going on in his mind, and he backs himself to hit those big shots at the end,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
However, the 37-year-old is now making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Footage of Dhoni not grounding his bat to complete a regulation single has surfaced on social media. The incident took place in the 45th over on the last ball of Nathan Lyon’s final spell, when Dhoni pushed the ball to the long-on and appeared to not ground his bat on the other end.
While the incident looked completely unintentional, the umpires failed to pick up Dhoni's illegal run and the match carried on with a run added to India's total. It was only later that commentator and former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist noticed that Dhoni never made it to the crease at the non-striker's end.
“In Lyon’s last ball of his spell, MS Dhoni chipped him to the onside and straight away said there is no need for any pushing there because I have already hit him for six earlier in the over,” Gilchrist said.
With India needing 25 off 18 deliveries, Gilchrist wondered if the incident would have an impact on the result had the match gone to the wire.
Social media, on the other hand, blamed the umpires for missing the incident.
If all are notified that MSD wrongly given LPW(pitching outside leg) in the first odi... But the umpires call is the final decision... If that call will be reversed means we would won the First odi too...— babu Venkat V (@Babu1442V) January 16, 2019
Not a big issue but you can blam to umpires because of they are final person to make a decision.— CA. DALEEP KUMAR (@DDALEEP) January 16, 2019
Yes...I did but then I thought I missed that with the Camera Angle but who Cares if the Umpire Didn't see it😂😂😂Their Call is always the last Call😜— gopal salaria (@salariadon) January 16, 2019
Meanwhile, others believed that Aussies missed an opportunity to get the batsman run out.
Could have been a wicket had the bowler realized.— Vijay Herwade (@UnwantedVjay) January 16, 2019
The Aussies could have even run him out...— Santosh (@santwyt) January 16, 2019
As it turns out, the match didn't go to the wire and India won the contest comfortably with 6 wickets in hand and 4 deliveries to spare.
Chasing a score of 299 at the Adelaide Oval, Indian skipper Virat Kohli once again rose to the occasion, hitting another ton in his yet another successful outing. Kohli (104 off 112) along with Dhoni's determined knock of 55 (54) and Dinesh Karthik's late cameo guided India to a series-equalling victory.
The visitors will meet Australia for the third and final ODI in Melbourne on January 18.