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Dhoni sizzles as top performer of Day 3

Last updated on: February 24, 2013 18:56 IST

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Bikash Mohapatra

It's Mahendra Singh Dhoni all the way.

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The Indian captain came into this match with a point to prove.

He had had to endure multiple failures in recent times. As captain he had to shoulder the blame for his team suffering a rare reverse in a Test series on home soil (against England), coming in the wake of 4-0 away drubbings against both England and Australia back-to-back.


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As a batsman the 31-year-old had not scored a Test hundred in 15 months. For the record, he had only five three-figure score to his credit in a nine-year career. As a result many had questioned his place in the Indian Test squad.

A sixth Test century, Dhoni's first after the 144 he made against West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in November 2011, served up as the perfect response.


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It also happened to be his first against Australia, a team against which he had always struggled, and helped India take a vital first innings lead.

Dhoni proceeded to complete his maiden Test double, remaining unbeaten on 206, his innings helping him get past Sunil Gavaskar (205) – the highest score by an Indian captain.

The captain had led from the front. Well, literally.


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