MS Dhoni’s performances give confidence to entire team – Shikhar Dhawan


Team India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan believes that former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni getting back in form is a good sign for the team as his calming nature gives confidence to other players as well.

Speaking at a press conference, Dhawan said,“It was great to see a good team performance in the last one day match against Australia. The way Dhoni played in both the games is really great. I am very happy that Dhobi is getting his touch back. A player of his stature, who plays the game with so much calmness, gives so much confidence to other batsmen. It is very important for us,” Dhawan said at the pre-match press conference on Thursday.

MS Dhoni scored a half-century to finish India’s run-chase in the second ODI vs Australia.

Dhawan also praised Dinesh Karthik, who scored 25 runs off 24 balls in India’s six-wicket win at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

“Even Dinesh (Karthik) played a very good knock in the last game. So the good thing is that we got all fit and mature players which make us a strong batting unit. We have been consistent in our performance over the past few years and hopefully, we will continue performing well in coming years,” Dhawan added.

The three-match series is currently tied at 1-1 and India are aiming for their first bilateral ODI series win in Australia.

Dhawan admitted that if the visitors won, it would be a good achievement and they are looking forward to the match.

“It will be a big final tomorrow. It is going to be an interesting game for both the teaMS Doni ms. We are looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow. It (the victory) will mean a lot to us. It is always good to come here and win. If we win tomorrow, it will be a big achievement for us. Of course, we are going to value it and cherish it,” Dhawan said.