Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag blames Dhoni for the loss

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has admitted that MS Dhoni’s captaincy in the second semi-final against the West Indies was far from good. In his video column for Cricbuzz, Sehwag said that he was baffled when Dhoni did not give Ashwin his full quota of overs. Below, are the excerpts of what Sehwag said after the game.

On the two no balls:

“India lost the match because of those two no balls. Simmons was on 18 when Ashwin got him out on a no ball and then he hit a six off the free hit after the no-ball. After that, Pandya (Hardik) got him out on a no ball when he was on 50. Simmons again made the free hit into a boundary ball and those two no balls cost India the match.”

On Dhoni’s captaincy:

“I don’t know why Ashwin bowled only two overs. He could have bowled his four overs as Jadeja (Ravindra) gave away 48 runs and Pandya gave more than 40 runs in his 4 overs. Ashwin is our main bowler and he is the best in the world and thus, I feel somehow MS Dhoni’s captaincy was not good as seen in this game.”

On importance of toss:

“The toss was extremely crucial for both the teams. Half of the game became easy for the West Indies when they won the toss. Everybody was aware that the due would come in later and since it was the Wankhede Stadium, the pitch was good for batting. Since it is a small ground, 180-190 is easily chaseable.