While the men in blue are still sinking in the victory against New Zealand, the women’s team of India too isn’t behind. There was an uncanny resemblance noticed between MS Dhoni and Women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj’s batting.
Efficient knock similarity between Dhoni and Mithali
That is it! Mithali Raj finishes it off with a SIX. India win by 8 wickets and lead the three-match series 2-0. #NZvIND
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) January 29, 2019
In the previous match against New Zealand, Mithali batted really slow with a falling average below 30. Even after some slow batting, she was still a supporting hand for Smriti Mandhana, who smashed New Zealand and pave the way for India’s victory by 8-wicket in the second Women’s Championship game in Mount Maunganui. The same style was witnessed from MS Dhoni a few days ago.
If the scoring-rate wasn’t enough alone, Mithali finished off the chase with a six straight down the ground to make people delve into the similarities even more deeply.
Mithali winded up her innings with an unbeaten score of 63 runs from 111 balls which helped Mandhana brilliantly for the chase.
Twitterati went gaga over MS – Mithali similarity
Mithali Raj brings up 102 balls 50.
Dhoni’s record is in safe hands #INDWvsNZW
— Pritam Purkait (@PritamPurkait7) January 29, 2019
Mithali Raj is playing a MS Dhoni, whereas Smriti is Playing a Shikhar Dhawan #NZWvINDW
— Swapnil Shanbhag (@swapniltalks) January 29, 2019
#NZvIND mithali raj is slower than dhoni 🤣 she should retire and let youngsters play in all formats
— Maze (@Ainzoon) January 29, 2019
#NZvIND mithali with dhoniesque six to win match
— Spike (@SpikeLevi) January 29, 2019
India vs New Zealand Women: Brief Recap
Jhulan Goswami and the team helped to wrap up the kiwis with 161 runs at the end of 44.2 overs, India lost opener Jemimah Rodrigues in the second over for a duck, and Deepti Sharma for a score of eight in the fifth over. The game was almost sealed by New Zealand when Mithali and Mandhana geared up with an unbroken partnership of 151 runs to help India to a brilliant win in just 35.2 overs
With the unbeaten score on Tuesday, Mithali recorded an average of 111.29 in successful chases in ODI cricket – male or female – surpassing the Bradman-esque average of Dhoni (103.07). Indian men’s team captain Virat Kohli, who is hailed as a Chase Master, has an average of 96.23 in successful chases in the format.
“The bowlers have been doing well,” Raj said after the win.
“Initially, a lot of people asked me if spinners can turn the match around on these wickets. The spinners have been doing well since the first match. Smriti has been scoring runs, as has Jemimah. So, overall the team looks good. The fast bowlers were supported by the spinners in the middle overs. The batting hasn’t been tested but in a way, it’s good because whoever gets the opportunity are making use of it.”
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