It was a 'vintage' MS Dhoni performance against Bangladesh in the second warm-up game as the former Indian captain scored a sublime hundred and helped India register a morale-boosting 95-run win at the Sophia Gardens before the World Cup.
On Tuesday, Dhoni, who came into bat when India were in a spot with 102/4, smashed a 78-ball 113, which contained seven sixes and helped his team post a gigantic 359/7. It was only poetic justice that he brought up his 100 with a six in the 49th over of the innings as skipper Kohli cheered on from the dressing room with teammates for company.
The 37-year-old also shared a crucial 164-run partnership with K.L. Rahul (108) and made sure that the Men in Blue did not suffer from yet another embarrassing batting collapse like they did against New Zealand.
An interesting incident occurred when Dhoni was batting and before Shabbir could pace up during the 40th over, the on-strike batsman stopped the bowler midway and advised Shabbir to remove the fielder from mid-wicket to square leg. Amidst the high-tension clash, Shabbir actually listened to the former skipper and did what Dhoni said.
The incident was more than enough to send Twitterati into a frenzy, terming Dhoni's actions as 'thug life'. Here's how the people reacted.
@mahi7781— Aditya (@adi11_aditya) May 29, 2019
Mahi gets involved in cricket so much that he sets field for other teams also 😂😂@cricketworldcup @cricketaakash #CWC2019 #INDvBAN #CricketWorldCup2019 #Cricket #CricketWorldCup #MSDhoni #AskStar pic.twitter.com/VoYH5Bp6NB
So apparently @msdhoni adjusted the field of Bangladesh while batting. 😂😂— Shlok Swanni (@shlokswanni) May 29, 2019
That's his domination❤️
What on Earth can you not do sir? 😂#msd #MSDhoni #CWC19 #warmupmatch #INDvBAN #ThugLife #BANvIND #CWC2019 #2daysgo
Dhoni now setting field for opposition captain as well— dorku (@Dorkstar) May 28, 2019
#dhoni thug life moment in warm up match against Bangladesh, stopping the bowler (Shabbir) in run up in 40th over, asking if he is sure of the field and then the bowler making a field change #WorldCup2019 @msdhoni @BCCI 😎😂— Dheeraj Pershad (@djpershad) May 28, 2019
Kohli and all the Indian fans would be desperately hoping that Dhoni's warm-up ton proves to be as auspicious it was for the team in 2011 and they lift the prestigious trophy at the iconic Lord's Stadium in London on July 14.
India will play their first World Cup match against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.
(With IANS Inputs)