With 194 runs off 4 matches, MS Dhoni has been the leading run-scorer in 2013. The Indian captain has notched two half centuries at an average of 64.66 with a highest score of 72 against England in the second ODI at Kochi.
A score of 99 in the Eden Test against England, showed that MS Dhoni is capable of scoring extremely well irrespective of his slump in form. Followed by 99 in Tests, he scored 24, 38 against England in the two T20Is.
He was brilliant against Pakistan, as he recorded an unbeaten 113 and 54 in the first two matches and 36 in the final ODI to prove his critics wrong.
When the entire nation was slamming the skipper for the consecutive losses and wanted Dhoni to be removed as skipper, MS Dhoni played a saviour's knock in almost all the ODIs that followed as the top order disappointed against Pakistan.
Dhoni-Raina against Pakistan at Ferozshah Kotla
MS Dhoni alongwith Suresh Raina added 48 runs for the fifth wicket in the third and final ODI against Pakistan, as India clinched the thriller by 10 runs.
MS Dhoni with his man of the match award
Team India skipper MS Dhoni was awarded the man of the match award twice in the ODI series against Pakistan.
MS Dhoni in action at Kochi
MS Dhoni top scored with 71 off 66 balls against England in the second ODI at Kochi on Jan 15.
Team India skipper MS Dhoni plays a shot
MS Dhoni in action during his knock of 32 against England in the first ODI at Rajkot on Jan 11, 2013.
Dhoni's 72 off 66 balls took the English bowlers by surprise as the stylish batsman tore apart the bowling attack and ensured that he added 110 runs alongwith Ravindra Jadeja in the last 10 overs which was very crucial as India posted a challenging 285/6.
Despite team's failure, Dhoni averages 83.82 in his last 27 innings, after the World Cup win in 2011 with a strike rate of 92.39.
His overall average at home is 58.15 off 80 matches (2966 runs) which includes five hundreds and 17 fifties. While his average in India's victories is approximately 75.81 off 121 matches (4549) with a highest score of 183*, which includes 6 tons and 30 half centuries at a strike rate of 97.51.
With Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh also supporting Dhoni, fans hope for yet another scintillating innings from the skipper in front of his homecrowd, to take a lead in the five-match series.