While Virat Kohli-led India knotted up their first ever One-Day International series win in South Africa on Tuesday (February 13), concerns continue to be raised over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s form. His deteriorating strike rate has been the topic of much debate in recent times and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, the former India captain, weighed in.

In other news that held sway on Wednesday, Ben Stokes might have temporarily dodged the bar brawl bullet, but England are in no hurry to rush him back into international cricket.

MS Dhoni’s patchy form continues (The Times of India)
MS Dhoni was 46 runs short of the 10,000 mark when he walked out to bat here at the St. George’s Park on Tuesday evening. By the time he left, having faced 17 balls in an unconvincing, 30-odd minute stay at the crease, he was 33 runs behind the milestone.

MS Dhoni’s strike rate and consistency a big concern: Kris Srikkanth (The Indian Express)
Former India batsman Kris Srikkanth has expressed concerns over wicketkeeper MS Dhoni’s strike-rate and levels consistency in one-day international cricket. While Dhoni has faced flak on social media after failing to increase the run rate in the death overs, Srikkanth joined the chorus and said that Dhoni’s dipping strike rate is another cause of worry.

Parthiv gears up for RCB stint under Kohli (The Times of India)
Parthiv Patel had to endure a tough Test series in South Africa which India lost 1-2. The wicketkeeper was criticised for the missed opportunities behind the stumps after he came in for an injured Wriddhiman Saha in the second Test. However, the left-hander believes he “kept well and showed character” with both bat and gloves, given the tough conditions.

No respite as South Africa bowlers continue to struggle vs India (Hindustan Times)
Once again, South Africa struggled to get through India’s top order after getting an early wicket. With four pacers – Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehluwayo, the hosts struggled to trouble the India batsmen as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma got going. In the last game, they had played Chris Morris, making it a five-pronged pace attack.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson proud to beat ‘very strong’ England in T20 tri-series (Hindustan Times)
Kane Williamson has hailed New Zealand’s performance in what he says was close to a “must-win” game against England in the tri-nation Twenty20 international series.

The Black Caps beat England by 12 runs in Wellington on Tuesday, thanks to top-scorer Williamson’s 72 and 65 from opener Martin Guptill.

Pakistan Cricket Board eyes Champions Trophy (Mirror)
Will India’s loss be Pakistan’s gain? Well, one is not yet sure if that is true but it could end up being the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) gain. The PCB is now making a serious pitch for the Champions Trophy that is expected to be taken away from India on tax-related issues.

Ireland hope to avoid falling victim to slimmed down Cricket World Cup (The Guardian)
On Thursday, Ireland play a Northerns/Easterns XI in Pretoria. This is the opening skirmish in a battle of the utmost importance, with qualification for next year’s World Cup at stake, the decision to shrink the tournament to just 10 participants about to yield its first significant victims.

Trevor Bayliss will not rush Ben Stokes back into England ODI side (The Guardian)
Trevor Bayliss has welcomed the return of Ben Stokes but confirmed he is unlikely to play in England’s first ODI of the New Zealand series. He has been practising over the winter but the all-rounder’s last competitive match was on 22 December in New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition for Canterbury against Central Districts.

Sayers says all is ‘sweet’ with Hohns (cricket.com.au)
Even though he has cleared the air with Trevor Hohns over their recent differences, Chadd Sayers admits his heart skipped a beat when the national selection chair’s name popped up on his phone Tuesday to announce an incoming call.

No return for Lanning in WNCL (cricket.com.au)
Meg Lanning won’t make her return from injury in Victoria’s final round of Women’s National Cricket League action, with the Australia captain not named in the Spirit’s squad to play two matches in Queensland this weekend.

Rob Key on Test cricket’s future, the best fielder he has seen and England’s T20 toils (Skysports)
Rob Key ponders Jos Buttler and Test cricket’s future; discusses England’s T20 travails; and names the best fielder he has seen in the latest edition of Hit for Six…

Jos Buttler said in an interview with Sky Sports he could see T20 cricket being the only format in the future – do you share that view?

Glamorgan Cricket: Welsh T20 franchise would be ‘massive’, says Colin Ingram (BBC sport)
Glamorgan limited-overs captain Colin Ingram says it would be a boost for Wales to be allocated a franchise in the new city-based T20 competition.

Cardiff is tipped to be one of the eight host venues with an announcement due on Wednesday, 14 February for the competition which starts in 2020.

What the ice-cricket tournament tells us about India-Pakistan cricket relations (ESPNcricinfo)
There’s not much in cricket Virat Kohli doesn’t know about. The Indian captain could yet go down as his country’s greatest batsman, having met most of the requirements already. He has won a World Cup and a Champions Trophy, is on course to beat Sachin Tendulkar’s mark of 49 ODI centuries, and still has about half a career ahead of him.