Saturday, January 23, 2021

Not MS Dhoni, Stats reveal THIS Indian cricketer as the master of the run chase

Recent performances by the Indian Women skipper proves that she is way ahead than MS Dhoni

While the men in blue still sink in the victory against New Zealand, the women’s team of India too aren’t behind to taste the victory. While both the teams shine bright there has been noticed that MS Dhoni and Women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj’s batting resembles some similarity in them.

In the previous match against New Zealand, Mithali batted really slow with falling average below 30, but still was a supporting hand for Smriti Mandhana, who smashed New Zealand and pave the way for India’s victory by 8-wicket in the second Women’s Championship game in Mount Maunganui. The same style was witness when Dhoni was at pitch.

Mithali winded up her innings with an unbeaten score of 63 runs from 111 balls which helped Manadhana brilliantly for the chase. Due to her slow innings , people lost  their cool and expressed their frustration by complaining on the same.

Jhulan Goswami and the unit helped to wrap up the kiwis with 161 runs at the end of 44.2 overs, India lost opener Jemimah Rodrigues in the second over for a duck, and Deepti Sharma for a score of eight in the fifth over. The game was almost sealed by New Zealand when Mithali and Mandhana geared up with an unbroken partnership of 151 runs to help India to a brilliant win in just 35.2 overs

With the unbeaten score on Tuesday, Mithali recorded an average of 111.29 in successful chases in ODI cricket – male or female – surpassing the Bradman-esque average of Dhoni (103.07). Indian men’s team captain Virat Kohli, who is hailed as a Chase Master, has an average of 96.23 in successful chases in the format. 

“The bowlers have been doing well,” Raj said after the win. “Initially, a lot of people asked me if spinners can turn the match around on these wickets. The spinners have been doing well since the first match. Smriti has been scoring runs, as has Jemimah. So, overall the team looks good. The fast bowlers were supported by the spinners in the middle overs. The batting hasn’t been tested but in a way it’s good because whoever gets the opportunity are making use of it.”

AUTHOR’S TAKE:

It is a known fact that MS Dhoni isn’t as effective with the bat as he once used to be. While the former skipper still continues to do the required job for the team, and is known for his brilliant finishes everytime , and it seems like Indian women skipper too is stepping in his shoes.

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