ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli Explains Why MS Dhoni Was Sent 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 skipper Virat Kohli reveals the reason.
The Black Caps will face the winners of Thursday’s semi-final between England and Australia in Sunday’s final at Lords. New Zealand added 28 runs to their overnight score from 23 balls to finish on 239 for eight, a modest total India would have been confident of chasing down with ease.
But the Kiwi bowling attack turned the game around, taking three wickets in the opening 19 balls with tournament top scorer Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul all dismissed for one.
MS Dhoni added 116 runs alongside Ravindra Jadeja:
They were in aa 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.
Dhoni walked in after the dismissal of Pandya, and together with Ravindra Jadeja. The pair added a strong 111-run stand to breathe life into India’s collapsing innings.
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.
Speaking of the same, Virat Kohli quoted that the ex-skipper Dhoni was assigned for that role. Which is to play the last few overs and take control of the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t work as planned by the team.
“He has been given that role. After the first few games of being in a situation where he can bat and control the situation from one end. Or, in a scenario where there are six-seven overs left and he can go and strike,” Virat Kohli said in the post-match press conference.
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