ICC World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly Extends Support to Underfire MS Dhoni
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has extended his support to MS Dhoni who attracted a lot of criticism for his slow innings against Afghanistan on June 22. Meanwhile, India escaped a shocking defeat as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami stepped up in the death overs to change the course of the game and register an 11-run victory.
Ganguly extends support to Dhoni
India banked on their death bowlers Shami to defend 224 runs despite a stunning show from Mohammad Nabi. Nabi lacked support from the other end despite his fifty to finish on the losing side. Shami picked a hattrick in the last over after Bumrah set it up with 16 needed off the last over. Previously, Indian batsmen struggled to get going on a sluggish Southampton wicket. The 31-40 overs fetched only 40 odd runs while only 49 runs came from the last ten overs.
Dhoni made 24 off 36 in that partnership while Jadhav scored 31 off 48 balls which slowed down India’s run flow in the middle overs. However, Sourav Ganguly has backed MS Dhoni saying that it was a one-game affair and he will bounce back strongly.
“At the end of the day, MSD is a very good batsman and he will definitely prove that in this year’s World Cup 2019 as well despite his sticky form against Afghanistan. Its just one match,” Ganguly said.
Furthermore, Sourav Ganguly added it is a good wake up call for the Indian middle order who needs to fix before the eliminators. The former India skipper also said that there was zero intensity among the players during the period and they should work on it.
“I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. We batted 34 overs of spin bowling and scored 119 runs. This was one area where we didn’t look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent,” Ganguly concluded.
India faces West Indies next on June 27 (Thursday) at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
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