When it comes to limited-overs cricket, such has been the dominance of India's top three - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli - that we have barely noticed the team's unsettled middle order - a problem that can surely dent their chances at the upcoming ICC World Cup in England.
The likes of Dhawan, Rohit and Kohli have been so convincingly consistent that the gaps in Indian middle order have rarely come to the fore. But, the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia seems to have presented a solution - MS Dhoni 2.0.
India might have lost the first ODI in Sydney, but Dhoni's resilient knock and ability to handle pressure while steering the run-chase for his side was undoubtedly a silver lining that could potentially help the selectors in sleeping well at night. The second clash at the Adelaide Oval saw Dhoni perfecting his role and eventually carrying the responsibilities of building the innings after the loss of prominent Indian batsmen.
For a man who once smashed sixes at will, the new avatar of Dhoni is more inclined towards pacing the innings to keep India in contention before exploding at the right time to finish the game - something that was in full display during India's six-wicket triumph in Adelaide.
While many had questioned his hunger to score runs and be of value for his side, the sight of new-age Dhoni is surely a blessing in disguise for the Indian cricket team and a testament of that came through numerous memes that thronged the social media after his outing in the 2nd ODI.
If you're not convinced about Dhoni being pivotal for India's chances at the ICC spectacle in England, maybe the following memes can convince you:January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019
Dhoni fans right now. pic.twitter.com/A7mxR15ntc— Akshay (@AkshayKatariyaa) January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019
Gandhi ji searching for Dhoni haters on twitter. pic.twitter.com/YqWZbBTOpH— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Cricket World Cup 2019. pic.twitter.com/pAVVFLaw7x— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) July 18, 2018
Dhoni haters.. before & after! ð pic.twitter.com/rvWM6WDcip— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019