India captain Virat Kohli and spinner Kuldeep Yadav were seen obliging fans with autographs and selfies outside the Adelaide Oval on Monday but all those waiting patiently for the cricketers couldn’t get a hold of MS Dhoni.
Kohli and Kuldeep patiently gave autographs and clicked pictures with the fans on their way to the stadium just before the practice session. Dhoni however, didn’t stop by but he did promise to interact with them after the practice session.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Shami, Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dinesh Karthik, Dhoni and Ravi Shastri were seen at the nets in the pictures posted by BCCI on their social media handle.
While Shami was seen having a chat with Ambati Rayudu, Chahal rolled over his arms and captain Kohli, who got out for 3 in the first ODI, looked ahead with great concentration.
In another picture, Dinesh Karthik was seen batting with MS Dhoni behind the stumps looking on. Dhoni was also seen standing with Shastri on a warm and sunny day in Adelaide.
Dhoni was criticised once again despite his half-century in the first match at Sydney which India lost by 34 runs to concede a 1-0 lead to Australia on Saturday.
The former India captain was promoted up the batting order at No.5 and managed to score 51 runs off 96 balls with one six and a three boundaries. But his strike rate of just over 53 slowed down the pace of the innings as India failed to chase down 289 in 50 overs despite Rohit Sharma scoring 133.
Dhoni and Rohit steadied India’s innings after they were reduced to 4 for 3 by the fourth over and added 137 runs for the fifth wicket.
But once Dhoni got out, Rohit kept losing partners at the other end as the India’s top-three and lower middle-order failed to get going and absorb the pressure.
Rohit was eventually dismissed in the 46th over which brought an end to all hopes of an Indian victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In a World Cup year, there has been debate as to where Dhoni — whose strike rate has gone down in the recent past — should bat.
“Personally, I always feel that Dhoni batting at number four will be ideal for the team but we have got Ambati Rayudu who has done really well now at number four. It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it. Personally asking, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four,” said Rohit.
Rohit differed with his captain Kohli, who had previously said that Ambati Rayudu was his preferred No.4 batsman.
India were reduced to 4/3 at one stage chasing 289 for victory before Rohit, who scored his 22nd ODI hundred, and Dhoni stitched together a 141-run stand for the fourth wicket.
“If you look at his (Dhoni’s) overall batting, his strike rate is around 90. Today was a different scenario, when he came out to bat we had already lost three wickets and Australia were bowling pretty well. You just cannot go out and get 100-run partnership easily. So we took a little bit of time and even I did not score as quickly as I normally do,” Rohit said.