Dhoni’s double ton puts India in control of first test against Australia
Indian cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni today slammed a magnificent double ton to become first Indian wicketkeeper to achieve the milestone and put India in commanding position in first test against Australia at MA Chidarambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Dhoni’s blistering knock of 206 runs recorded the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper, surpassing the previous best of 192 runs by Budhi Kundaran in 1964 against England at Madras Corporation Stadium.
Dhoni along with Virat Kohli, who scored 107 runs, had put India in dominating position against Australia by taking a lead of 135 runs in first innings. Dhoni set the Stadium ablaze with his stroke play by hitting 22 fours and 5 sixes in his undefeated innings of 206 runs in 243 balls.
Dhoni launched a superb counter attack against Australia to score his maiden double ton and his 6 century in tests while Virat Kohli scored his 4 test century led India to reach at a commanding total of 515 in first innings at the end of play on day 3.
Dhoni changed the game with his blistering strokeplay at time when Sachin Tendulkar got out on 81 runs, falling 19 runs short to reach another milestone in his career.
The Indian batsmen struggled to score runs in pre-lunch session but second new ball entirely changed the game for Australia, who seemed to be dominating the match at that time. Dhoni and Kohli added 128 runs before Kohli got out on a bowl from spinner Nathan Lyon after which wickets started fall at one end, however, Dhoni continues to dominate Aussie bowlers and scored at will.
At the end of third day of first test, Dhoni and Bhuvnesh Kumar were at crease on 515 runs for 8 wickets while batting steadily and Dhoni is expected to play some aggressive cricket during first the session tomorrow to further extend the lead.