After not being a part of the playing XI for two ODIs against New Zealand, which led to some of his fans speculate his surprise WWE Royal Rumble appearance this year, MS Dhoni was back with the squad to play the fifth and final match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington after healing from a hamstring injury.
In the former skipper's absence, the team had suffered a massive blow in the fourth ODI in Hamilton when the batting order completely imploded leading to one of the worst batting performances by the Men in Blue, in the history of Indian cricket as they were wrapped up at 92 runs, total.
On making his return though, it felt as if Dhoni had never left the team as he continued to read the rival batsman's posture and coached the bowlers accordingly from behind the stumps in his usual loud-mouthed manner as we saw in the first ODI as well when the keeper helped spinner Kuldeep Yadav bag Trent Boult's wicket to end the Kiwis' innings.
We have come to terms with the fact that every game MS Dhoni plays will have a special 'MS Dhoni Highlight'. In Wellington too, arguably the best wicket keeper of our time, Dhoni had a highlight all to his own when he ran out New Zealand's middle order batsman, James Neesham.February 3, 2019
As the entire team cried loud for an LBW appeal on a Kedar Jadhav delivery, a distracted Neesham moved out of the crease for a split second and that's when MS Dhoni capitalised as he threw the ball directly at the stumps to take the Kiwi's wicket.
The real fun, however, began once the match was over and the Indian side won the series 4-1, when the International Cricket Council (ICC) replied to Japanese artist Yoko Ono's life-advice seeking tweet with probably the best response from the 2000+ response long thread.
Never leave your crease with MS Dhoni behind the stumps! https://t.co/RoUp4iMpX6— ICC (@ICC) February 3, 2019
With a brilliant sportsmanship, James Neesham also responded to the tweet:
Thanks for all the advice. Figure out where the ball is, then run. Gotcha ð— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) February 3, 2019
After winning their 9th bilateral ODI series since the 2017 Champions Trophy, India look ready to for a three-game T20I series against New Zealand starting 6th February 2019.