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Litmus test awaits India & Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2nd ODI against Proteas

PTI 14 Oct 2015, 9:05:59 IST
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Indore : Facing the toughest phase of his cricketing life, an underfire Mahendra Singh Dhoni will seek to revive his career and change the fortunes of a dispirited Indian team when the hosts take on an unbeaten South Africa in the second cricket one-dayer here today.

India is yet to taste victory since South Africa's arrival in the country, having lost two Twenty20 Internationals (the third one was abandoned) before suffering a close five-run defeat in the first ODI.  With critics gunning for his head, Dhoni, in particular, finds himself in very challenging situation. The year 2015 has not been a particularly happy one for Dhoni after the semi-final loss in the World Cup.

The loss in the IPL final was followed by the humiliation in Bangladesh in the ODI series and the T20Is against Proteas proved to be yet another no-contest. His own form has been patchy and ‘Dhoni the batsman' evidently does not strike fear in the hearts of bowlers anymore.

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It seems Dhoni, the ultimate finisher, has lost somewhere. In the first ODI in Kanpur, it was an ideal platform for the Indian skipper to get back to his critics but he faltered in the botched chase.

With India needing 11 runs off the last over, the stage was set for Dhoni to finish off, as he has done many a times in the past.