The former Indian skipper and the current President of Cricket Association of Bengal, Sourav Ganguly has reached out to Bengal players to tackle with the ‘Dhoni threat’ ahead of the semi-final game of Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Bengal is all set to face Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Jharkhand side in the second semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Palam Ground in Delhi and Ganguly, a veteran of 113 Test matches knows the fact that young Bengal players will be under a psychological pressure before going against legendary Dhoni.
“Sourav has already discussed a few plans on how to tackle the Dhoni threat with Manoj and Sairaj. No doubt Dhoni is a formidable player but it’s not impossible to get him out. Dada will be meeting the team in the evening today and will also be present at the ground tomorrow,” a Bengal team source told PTI.
It was under Sourav Ganguly in the domestic season 2011/12 when Bengal defeated Mumbai at Feroz Shah Kotla on 12 March 2012 to win the Vijay Hazare trophy for the first time. The former Indian skipper wants the team to replicate the scenes at the same ground but for that, they have to get over one more hurdle in form of MS Dhoni led Jharkhand side.
However, Manoj Tiwary, the Bengal skipper was quite calm ahead of the game and said that the team will play as per the situation,
“This is a young Bengal team and they have learnt how to play according to the situation. MS Dhoni is a legend but, on the field, one can’t get intimidated by names. We have to stick to our plans and don’t forget they also have good players like Saurabh Tiwary, Ishan Kishan, Virat Singh. You cannot just concentrate on one player and have no plans for others,” Tiwary said.
Going by the score of the quarter-final game between Vidarbha and Jharkhand played on this ground, one can expect batsmen to struggle on Palam wicket as in the last game, both the team posted a combined total 324 and consumed overs 95.1 overs for the same. So going by this stat, it promises to be a low-scoring game with Jharkhand having a psychological advantage.