Brainless. That is probably the only adjective to describe team India’s batting in the last over of the run chase against Zimbabwe. In what should have been the end of formalities, turned into a severe choke as the men in blue failed to chase 8 runs off the last over to hand Zimbabwe a stealing win. Such a dismal performance will definitely invite a lot of criticism for MS Dhoni’s team India.
Zimbabwe were put in to bat by MS Dhoni and cashed in on some atrocious death bowling by the Indians. From Zimbabwe, it was Elton Chigumburra who played an absolute blinder as his 26 ball knock of 54 propelled Zimbabwe to 170. India batted well and with just 8 needed off the last over; hell broke loose as Axar Patel first departed. That was followed by some ridiculous shot selection by Rishi Dhawan. With 4 needed off the last ball, all Dhoni could manage was a single.
Addressing the loss, Dhoni said that the Indians didn’t execute their skills well. “Ultimately, it was a contest between bat and ball. It was all about execution, I thought the last ball was fantastic. We didn’t bowl and field that well either. Soft dismissals, some of the wickets we lost were catching practice,” said Dhoni.
“I feel this is a stage where most of them would feel the pressure, I hope they learn from it, it is a good learning curve, but there were mistakes from the batsmen. Not a lot to think about, we didn’t play our best XI. The Zimbabwe batsmen batted very well, but we didn’t bowl well either,” Dhoni further added.
Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Creamer was delighted with the win and hailed his unit. “Excellent comeback from us, especially after the loss in the ODI series. There are two matches to go still, can’t take it easy. Chigumbura is a dangerous batsman, even when he isn’t in the best of forms. India are a quality team and we know they will come hard at us in the remaining two games,” said Cremer.