Dhoni had scored 275 runs from 20 ODIs in 2018. But began 2019 with a bang. He scored 51 in Sydney, unbeaten 55 in Adelaide and a splendid 87 in 114 balls in the series decider in Melbourne. Overall, Dhoni now has 70 half-centuries in one-day internationals. With his knocks in Australia, he hasiproved all his critics wrong. They said age has caught up with Dhoni and he should retire. But he has bounced back with vigour. Dhoni, after receiving the Man of the Series, said, 'I am happy to bat at any number. The important thing is where the team needs me'.
'Whether I play at 4 or 6, we need to see if the team balance can be retained. I am happy to bat lower down at 6. I can’t say I can’t bat at No. 6 after playing 14 years,' he said.
And his captaon Kohli has full faith on him. He says, 'No one is more committed to Indian cricket than Mahendra Singh Dhoni and batting at number five is the ideal spot for him, said Virat Kohli in stout Dhoni faced criticism for slow batting in the ODI series-opener in Sydney before redeeming his pride and reputation with match-winning contributions in the Adelaide and Melbourne ODIs.'