It was a tough loss for the Indian team against New Zealand. Apart from the loss, the one thing that would be hurting the fans would be the batting position of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The man, who dealt with situations like those in his career, has been asked to bat at number 7. Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly lashes out at the idea of sending him down the order.
After missing out on the opportunity to enter the finals of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, India skipper Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri shed light on why wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni came out to bat at number seven against New Zealand. But, Sourav Ganguly seems to be unimpressed with it.
Sending MS Dhoni late was a mistake – Sourav Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was surprised by Indian team management’s decision to push Mahendra Singh Dhoni so far down the order in their 18-run loss to New Zealand in the ICC World Cup semifinal at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.
“India, who were outstanding in the group stages. Made a few surprising decisions in this game (semi-final). Leaving Dhoni for so late. Especially, when three wickets are lost early, was a blunder,” Sourav Ganguly wrote to a news portal.
”They needed to consolidate and if anyone was a perfect foil to young Rishabh (Pant) at that stage, it would have been Dhoni. India needed the exuberance of youth and the calmness of Dhoni at that stage to hold the innings together and rebuild, and that was a mistake by the team,” added the 47-year-old.
Chasing a modest 240 on a tricky pitch at Old Trafford, Manchester, India’s biggest fear came true versus New Zealand in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019. The Men in Blue, a heavily top three reliant side, saw them reduced to 5 for 3 in quick time.
Further, they were reduced to 24 for 4, 71 for 5 and 92 for 6 but former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, wasn’t promoted despite the shabby start and came out to bat as low as No. 7. While the 38-year-old played a valiant knock of 50 off 72 deliveries, it was not enough as India conceded the game by 18 runs and failed to qualify for the final of the 10-nation tournament.