MS Dhoni withVirat Kohli (r) © AFP
MS Dhoni withVirat Kohli (r) © AFP

Of late, the out-of-form MS Dhoni’s place in the Indian limited-overs side has been questioned by fans and critics alike. As is often the case with champions, Dhoni has been using his bat to do the talking, for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. Dhoni has led CSK to multiple wins with bat, most recently against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday. He scored an unbeaten 31 to help CSK to a 6-wicket win over RCB with 2 overs to spare.

It was another blow for RCB captain Virat Kohli. However, when asked about Dhoni’s form with bat, Kohli admitted that it was a sign of good days lying ahead of Indian cricket. With 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup less than 500 days away, Dhoni’s form is heartening: “Everyone loves to see MSD striking the ball, the way he is doing. The bigger is that it is good for the Indian cricket.”

Dhoni is currently third in the run for the Orange Cup in IPL 2018. He has amassed 360 runs at an average of 90 and an astounding strike rate of 166.