MS Dhoni rekindled his love affair with final flourishes, anchoring India to their maiden bilateral ODI series triumph in Australia for a perfect finish to a historic trip Down Under on Friday.
Virat Kohli's men became the first country to return from Australia without losing a single series, having won the Test series 2-1 and drawn the T20 Internationals 1-1.
From a dasher, to a finisher to finally the anchor in the last leg of his career, Dhoni was in full flow during India's successful chase of 231 on a sluggish Melbourne pitch after Yuzvendra Chahal set it up with a career-best 6 for 42.
Dhoni's unbeaten 87 off 114 balls was a testimony to his high quality match awareness as the street-smart Kedar Jadhav (61 no, 57 balls) donned the role of a finisher.
The former India skipper's role going into the business end of his illustrious career is that of an anchor, who takes the game deep.
As it ends a terrific tour Down Under without having lost the series, we take a look at the what the world of Twitter had to say on the achievement which was hugely awaited for so many years.
Some able match-winners in this team
Many positives for India. The form of Dhoni, Chahal and Bhuvi, the ability of Jadhav and Karthik to play their role, Shami to seal a third seamer's spot. The top three remain matchwinners. India have gained much in Australia
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 18, 2019
A team performance, indeed
Unforgettable tour for #TeamIndia winning Test & ODI series, drawing the T20. Pathbreaking effort which should redefine how India plays overseas from here. Congrats @imVkohli @RaviShastriOfc & Co — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 18, 2019
A tip for ICC
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) January 18, 2019
Maths, formulas and chases: Dhoni school of cricket
No more debate on Dhoni. How to calculate, which bowler to target & in which over, how to handle pressure , Dhoni is the best player in the world. But if he is tired because of the heat, rest him for the NZ tour. Well Done MSD — Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) January 18, 2019
Right Kaul by Siddarth
So @msdhoni finishes off yet another successful run chase. In other News - The Sky is Blue and the Sun rises in the east.
— Siddharth Kaul (@sidkaul22) January 18, 2019
MS Dhoni's 10 Year Challenge
MS Dhoni's 10 years challenge At the end of 2009, his ODI average was 50.82. Right now it is 50.81. It is 0.01 less but we will take it. #10yearchallenge — Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 18, 2019
Keep on counting the positives
Virat 👑 Kohli:
- First Asian captain to win a Test series in Aus.
- Most international 100s by a visiting batsman in Aus.
- Only Indian captain to score an ODI century in Aus.
- First Indian captain to win a bilateral ODI series in Aus. pic.twitter.com/2SxPy4YeBo
— Vinay (@SemperFiUtd) January 18, 2019
After the series win against Australia, India are flying to New Zealand to take part in the 5-match ODI and 3-match T20I series starting on 23 January.
With inputs from PTI