CWC 2019: Virat Kohli defends MS Dhoni’s knock

After seeing India’s batting display against England, their fans were absolutely livid with the slow batting approach which failed miserably against England during the run-chase. As a result, Team India’s unbeaten streak came to an end in the 2019 Cricket World Cup on Sunday.

CWC 2019: Virat Kohli defends MS Dhoni's knock
MS Dhoni scored 42* off 31 balls against England but couldn’t help the team get over the line.

Before the match, India came with a better record with 5 wins out of their first 6 matches (one of which was a washout against New Zealand) but they lost to the hosts on a flat pitch at Edgbaston.

Fans booed because the crowd was frustrated with yet another slow approach by MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav when the team needed some firepower at the end.

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Chasing a massive total, India got off to a poor start but Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli steadied the ship to some extent by giving the team a ray of hope. Rohit Sharma smashed 25th ODI century while Kohli went on to score a half-century.

After they both got out, Rishabh Pant (32) and Hardik Pandya (45) tried something effective but MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav’s go-slow approach left even cricket experts confused with their knocks on a pitch which didn’t do much for the bowlers.

At a time when India needed boundaries, Dhoni and Jadhav were busy taking singles and blocked some deliveries which annoyed the cricket fans in Birmingham.

MS Dhoni and Jadhav consumed 31 balls and played out 7 dots and they ran 20 singles and smashed only 1 six and 3 fours. In fact, MS Dhoni’s six was the only six in India’s innings.

Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain raised some serious questions at the commentary box. “If there was any team that had the ability to stop India’s winning run. It was England. Dhoni’s approach in the last few overs, however, was baffling,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.

However, India skipper Virat Kohli defended MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav at the end of the game.

“We kept losing wickets and that doesn’t help in a big chase, but credit goes to England in the end. It’s up to discussions with the two guys who were in there,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“I think MS Dhoni was trying really hard to get the boundary but it wasn’t coming off. They bowled in good areas and the ball was stopping, hence it was difficult to bat towards the end. We have to sit and assess and improve on things in the next game,” Kohli said.

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