first_imgIndia’s veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, MS Dhoni has managed to silence his critics with some consistent performances with the bat in ODIs in the World Cup year. While there were concerns, as conceded by selection committee chairman MSK Prasad, around his batting form last year, Dhoni has begun 2019 with a bang.Dhoni had managed only 275 runs in 20 ODIs in 2018 but the seasoned campaigner has already collected 301 runs from just seven matches at a staggering average of 150.50 in the ongoing season.There is more good news for the fans of the Indian superstar cricketer as Dhoni returns to his happy hunting ground for the second ODI against Australia in Nagpur. Dhoni has enjoyed a great batting record at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamatha over the years.In fact, no batsman has scored more runs in ODI cricket than Dhoni at the VCA Stadium. The 37-year-old leads the batting charts with 268 runs at 134.00 from five matches at the VCA Stadium. From four innings played here, Dhoni has managed to score two centuries as well.Notably, the first of the two centuries came against Australia in 2009 as he smashed a 107-ball 124 to help India clinch a 99-run win over a Ricky Ponting-led visiting team.What gearing up for the 2nd ODI against Australia looks like #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) March 4, 2019India captain Virat Kohli is second on the list with 209 runs from four matches while Rohit Sharma is third with 204 runs from two matches. Notably, Rohit scored a 109-ball 125 when the two teams last met at the VCA Stadium in October 2017.advertisementWhile Dhoni’s batting form is great news for India in the lead up to the World Cup, the Australians would be hoping to stop the man who has proved to be the difference between the two teams on more than one occasion in 2019.Notably, Dhoni is heading into the Nagpur ODI on the back of having scored four successive half-centuries against Australia. He had begun the World Cup year with three successive fifties in Australia, including the match-winning 87 not out in Melbourne that helped India clinch a historic series bilateral ODI series win Down Under.In the first ODI of the ongoing series on Saturday, Dhoni struck a well-paced 57* and stitched an unbeaten 141-run stand with Kedar Jadhav to help India clinch an early lead.Stressing the need to get Dhoni out early, Australia opener Usman Khawaja said the visitors will look to keep the India veteran quiet in the second ODI.”We knew we had to get him out (in the first ODI) … we’ll try to rectify that in the next game. He’s obviously a key batsman for them,” Khawaja said.”He’s just stayed calm and backed himself to take it deep. Then when he needs to, he hits a boundary, you can tell he sort of changes gears. It doesn’t always come off but the majority of times it does.”Also Read | India aim for continued ODI dominance over Australia in NagpurAlso Read | ice to get players like Virat Kohli out: Adam ZampaAlso Read | Ashwin, Jadeja have always done well for India, Chahal and I haven’t ousted anyone: KuldeepAlso See:last_img read more