On Tuesday, at the Brabourne Stadium, the first official warm-up match played between India A and England XI, which turn into almost an official encounter with MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh stunning knocks as well the kind of crowd.
MS Dhoni was a focal point in the first warm-up game for the way he batted with Ambati Rayudu and Yuvraj Singh against England XI, which was the sufficient proof that the 35-year old wicket-keeper batsman still has a lot of cricket.
The flamboyant middle-order batsman said that MS Dhoni is the best Indian skipper has ever had. He also stated that playing cricket after six months is annoying him with the bat. Rayudu said, “It was really tough. Six months out of the game is frustrating. Happy that I had a good knock. I was just hoping to react to the ball, not thinking too much. It’s very emotional. I personally feel he [Dhoni] is the best captain India has ever had. Very happy that I could score a hundred in his last game as captain.”
The all-rounder went on to extol MS Dhoni for his contribution to Indian cricket. He added, “He’s a living legend. I was just watching him, even today he was emotionless. As cool as ever. I’m teary eyed right now. The best part about Dhoni is that he keeps things simple. No panic. He helps youngsters and people like me to build our cricket."
Sam Billings was the star of the display, went on to laud the English batsmen for their performances in the day. He said, “It was a good start, we just want to win every game we play. It was a great start, everyone chipped in, good start to hopefully a good tour. We have come in with a fresh mind; many of them have come from Australia.”
The right-handed English batsman stated, “We have played some fantastic one day cricket in the last year, looking forward to this series. Playing in the IPL really helped, once you get comfortable in these conditions, batting becomes easy. Buttler and Dawson helped me a lot. MS is a hero, not just in India, but everywhere else, looking forward to the next warm-up game.”