September 19, 2008

Player of the Series Awards for Dhoni in ODI

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In the last discussion, we saw the man of the match (player of the match) awards won by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in One Day Internationals. In this article, let us see the series awards, which is a fair indication of consistent performance throughout the entire series.

Awards in 2005
(1) Sri Lanka in India: In 7 matches, Dhoni scored 346 runs at an average of 115.33. This includes the unforgettable knock of 183* (15 fours and 10 sixes) at Nagpur which helped India to chase down a stiff target of 299 with ease. He also held 6 catches and effected 3 stumpings during this series. India won the series emphatically by a margin of 6-1.

Awards in 2006
Dhoni did not receive any "Player of the Series" awards in the year 2006.

Awards in 2007
(2) India in Bangladesh: The series was reduced to just two matches, after the last match was abandoned without a ball being bowled. In the two matches, Dhoni scored 127 runs with a top score of 91*. He held 1 catch and effected 2 stumpings. India won the series 2-0.

Awards in 2008
(3) India in Sri Lanka: Dhoni scored 193 runs from 5 matches with a high score of 76 and an average of 38.60. He held 3 catches and effected a stumping. India bounced back from 0-1 down to win the series 3-2. Dhoni's resolute batting helped India to counter the spin mystery of Ajantha Mendis. Dhoni was also lucky with the coin, as he called right on the first four occasions, which proved decisive.

Awards in 2009
(4) India in West Indies: Dhoni scored 182 runs from 4 matches with a high score of 95. He had an average of 91.00 in this series. Dhoni had to prove himself following the exit of Indian team from World Twenty20 2009 without even a single win in the Super Eights stage. He played crucial knocks in all the three matches in the series to help India register a 2-1 series win, with the last match being abandoned due to rain. He held 4 catches and stumped 2 batsmen out. He is once again lucky with the toss, winning on all the four occasions. His scores of 41, 95 and 46* took his batting average in ODIs to 50.18.


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