MS Dhoni is back in form and Mumbai Indians should be wary

first_imgMS Dhoni was in the midst of a nightmarish IPL before he turned it around against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad with a trademark knock that announced to the world he was not yet done.Dhoni had been in the middle of a lean, lean patch. In five matches prior to the Saturday game, he had managed only 61! Were his powers on the wane? Was he a good enough T20 cricketer? Could he finish games with the same panach and consistency? Was he affected by the fact that he was no longer captain at Rising Pune Supergiant? Was he even wanted?Mahi answered those questions and his critics with a 34-ball 61 and doubled his tournament tally in the space of a single game. It was a knock of intent more than anything else. The likes of Sourav Ganguly have repeatedly insisted on the need for him to bat higher up the order.Immediately after Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain, his successor Virat Kohli ensured that the master finisher actually got to bat for some decent length of time in the middle. For some reason, RPS were not sold into that idea.Until, Saturday…Few players in world cricket can pace their innings like Dhoni. Chasing 177, he had scored only 25 off 22 at the end of 17 overs before exploding in the final four overs to finish with a strike rate of 179.41. Game, set and match, Pune!Mumbai Indians, who were done in by Steve Smith in their earlier encounter against Pune this year, should be wary of Dhoni’s firepower.advertisementDhoni has fond memories of the Wankhede Stadium and at a time like this, when many have wondered if his magical powers were waning, he would draw inspiration from the World Cup final in 2011 and that sensational unbeaten 61 a couple of days ago.What further inspiration could there be for Dhoni than to know the fact that he is up against the best team in this year’s IPL! Mumbai Indians have been on a rampant surge, winning six games on the trot. Their bowling attack is possibly the most balanced of all the eight teams and Dhoni would be eagerly looking forward to the challenge of dealing with Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah and good friend Harbhajan Singh.It should be a cracker of a contest if Dhoni gets his eyes in and decides to get stuck into the MI attack. He is a wounded tiger and he is beginning to roar back now.last_img read more