MS Dhoni has been in terrific form of late. The former Indian skipper playing possibly his last World Cup has been training hard ahead of India’s first game against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The wicketkeeper-batsman was tipped by India head coach Ravi Shastri to play a major role for the men in blue at CWC 2019. MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Team Go Paintballing Ahead of CWC 2019 Clash Against South Africa (See Pics & Video).
Dhoni carried on his rich-form from Australia into the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) and scored the highest number of runs for his franchise Chennai Super Kings. And if fans were worried if the 37-year-old could perform with the same intensity in English conditions, Dhoni showed them a glimpse of what was to come with a century in the warm-up game against Bangladesh. MS Dhoni Stops Sabbir Rahman to Set Field for Bangladesh During ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm-Up Game; Watch Video.
That century was Dhoni first ODI century in over two years but sadly won’t count as warm-up matches do not have international status. But just the situation in which he scored the runs showed the rich form Dhoni was in. The World Cup-winning captain came into bat when India were reeling at 102/4 and then rebuild the innings with a 102-run partnership with KL Rahul, who also scored a century. Dhoni made 113 runs from 78 deliveries with the help of eight fours and seven sixes. Ravindra Jadeja Spills Fun Secrets About MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Other Team India Members Ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (Watch Video)
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But it looks like the century wasn’t enough for Dhoni. He was seen practising hard during an India training session in Southampton on Monday in a short video shared by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The video shared by BCCI on its social media channels shows Dhoni smashing bowlers around the park at his will. He faces four deliveries in the video and plays all of them with utter confidence.
A player can also be heard saying "Mahi Mar Raha Hain" in the background. The phrase is a famous line from the movie MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
Such confidence of India’s powerful finisher should be enough to send fears among the South African bowlers, who were hit for consecutive 300+ run in both of their World Cup games against England and South Africa. The bowling attack of the Proteas was considered to be the most lethal among all 10 teams but they have so disappointed so far. While against England, South Africa went for 311, Bangladesh smashed them for 330 runs.
The fact that they have to face another strong batting line-up against India should be enough to worry the South African management. Although Dale Steyn is expected to be fit for the clash against India, South Africa will miss the services of Lungi Ngidi.