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India tour of Australia: Indian team needs a player like MS Dhoni says Michael Holding

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The West Indian Legend, Michael Holding says that team India needs a player like MS Dhoni in the middle-order to chase huge targets in limited over’s format.

Former West Indian pacer, Michael Holding says that Virat Kohli’s side needs a finisher like MS Dhoni to chase huge targets in limited over’s game. Michael Holding stated after India lost to Australia by 66 runs in the first of three ODI matches in SCG. Australia scored 374/6 in 50 overs with Steve Smith and Aaron Finch scored a blistering hundred. 

India while chasing lost early wickets. Hardik Pandeya and Shikhar Dhawan sparked up the hopes for team India after a 100 runs partnership. They could not finish the innings as Adam Zampa gave a significant breakthrough by taking Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket. Hardik Pandeya also could not stand long, and he went back to pavilion on 90 runs by Adam Zampa. 

The hosts were never really in a game except for Hardik Pandeya and Shikhar Dhawan’s 128 runs partnership. But, as soon as they sent back to the pavilion, by Adam Zampa, the game was over but just a formality. Team India restricted to 308/8 in 50 overs. They lost the match by 66 runs. The hosts and the visitors will lock horns in the second ODI at the same venue on Sunday.

“India has some good players, but one thing I know for sure is that Kohli’s team will struggle with the loss of MS Dhoni. As we know when Dhoni used to come to bat midway, he used to take control of the chase. India has chased so well in the past with Dhoni in the team, and they have never been afraid to win the toss and insert the opposition because they know what Dhoni is capable of. This batting lineup that they have got is still very talented; we saw some talented players and fantastic strokeplay. But they still need a player like Dhoni,”

said Michael Holding on his YouTube channel.

“We never see MS Dhoni panicking at any stage while India is chasing. He usually paces that chase so well because he knows his ability and he knows how to go about the chase. Whoever is batting with him, he is always talking with them and helping them. Fantastic batting lineup, but MS Dhoni was a special man with the bat in the run-chase,” he added.