ICC World Cup 2019: Ravi Shastri Explains The Reason Behind MS Dhoni Batting At Number 7
The major surprise during the Indian chase against New Zealand was the batting position of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. All the experts and the section of fans were left stunned. Especially, when Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik walked ahead of MS Dhoni when the team lost the top-order for a cheap score on the board. Meanwhile, the Indian head coach Ravi Shastri reveals the reason.
They were in a dire position of 24-4. However, India got themselves back in the game. Thanks to a superb 116-run seventh-wicket partnership between MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77). It was only to be bowled out for 221 with three balls remaining.
Regarding the same, the former India cricketers Ganguly and Laxman hit out at the team management’s decision. They told the official broadcaster that Dhoni should have been sent up the order as India left it too late to issue a counter attack.
It was a team decision – Ravi Shastri
Speaking of the same, Ravi Shastri quoted that the ex-skipper Dhoni was assigned for the role of finishing, which is to play the last few overs and take control of the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t work as planned by the team. Ravi Shastri reckons MS Dhoni as the best finisher of the game.
From requiring around 148 with over eight runs per over, India’s equation was reduced to 31 from 13. But Trent Boult once again crashed the party to dismiss Jadeja before Dhoni suffered his first run-out dismissal in three years.
“It was a team decision. Everyone was in with it — and it was a simple decision, too. Last thing you wanted was Dhoni coming out to bat early and getting out — that would have killed the chase. We needed his experience later. He is the greatest finisher of all times — and it would have been criminal to not make use of him in that way. The whole team was clear on it,” Shastri said to Indian Express.
Rishabh Pant will learn:
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri also backed Rishabh Pant, who has been exceptional in his initial approach. But, unfortunately, he couldn’t continue with the flow, which dented the hopes of the Indian team. Shastri believes that Pant will learn from it.
“Rishabh Pant did look pretty secure when he got out to bat, even against (New Zealand fast bowler) Trent Boult, didn’t he? You could then say that if Pant had continued and not got out… but that’s sport. You grow up in quick time. He will learn, he already knows it,” he concluded.
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