MS Dhoni, who was criticised for his sluggish performance in the opening match in Sydney where he scored 51 off 96, silenced his critics with an unbeaten 54-ball 55 at Adelaide. @ AFP

Former India cricketer Nikhil Chopra has advised MS Dhoni to get back to playing domestic cricket to keep himself match-ready. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten half century, his second on the trot in India s series-levelling six-wicket win in the second ODI at Adelaide.

“I am glad he has got two back-to-back half-centuries because this will give him a great deal of confidence. I completely agree [with voices from back home urging him to play domestic cricket]. Why isn’t he playing domestic cricket? He has been a captain, he knows exactly that he needs to play domestic cricket so that the bat flow is there for him all the time,” Chopra told India Today on Wednesday. (ALSO READ: MS Dhoni is someone who s going to control the game from one end: Sachin Tendulkar)

Dhoni, who was criticised for his sluggish performance in the opening match in Sydney where he scored 51 off 96, silenced his critics with an unbeaten 54-ball 55 at Adelaide. After the departure of skipper Virat Kohli, Dhoni combined with Dinesh Karthik as the duo took the tourists past the finish line.

“Tremendous [Dhoni’s effort in Adelaide]. After that first game [in Sydney] where he got that half-century, little bit of rustines must have been shrugged off. Scoring a run-a-ball half-century, seeing India through, levelling the series just shows us that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back and back with a bang, without a doubt,” Chopra said. (ALSO READ: Getting constant feedback from Ravi Shastri has been the biggest help for me: Virat Kohli)

Throwing light on the significance of the Adelaide victory with all to play for in the series decider at Melbourne on Friday, Chopra explained: “Good thing for India is that players are fulfilling their roles Dinesh Karthik and our man, Virat Kohli who loves to chase. He set up the chase beautifully. He will be a confident player, make no mistake about it.” (ALSO READ: I would like to have both Kohli and Tendulkar in my team: Langer)

Elaborating further on Dhoni s knock, he said, “He’s a great finisher, he has got more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. I can understand but at this moment of time. Nobody is doubting his ability but sometimes you need to keep playing according to the situation in hand. With Dhoni getting a run-a-ball 55, kudos to the unsung hero of the match, Dinesh Karthik. 25 off 14 was simply outstanding. He was outplaying the man who had been batting for a long time at the other end.