Over the past year, Dhoni has not produced regularly with the bat, especially in Tests. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presence as a Test batsman has not matched his performance in the shorter formats. A look at his record this year cuts a sorry figure. At an average of just 37, Dhoni has hit only one century in 12 Test matches against. Surely, his repeated failures with the bat have hurt cause in Tests.
His record against Aussies has been woeful. In nine Innings in Australia so far, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has managed just 147 runs at a poor average of just over 16. Forget about a century, he was yet to reach the 50-run mark with his highest score being a paltry 38. It is important for India that their skipper fires big with the bat. For, it is not just with the gloves, Dhoni the batsman too is a match-winner.