IPL 2019: I Will Never Question MS Dhoni’s Final-Over Calculations – Stephen Fleming
It was MS Dhoni show at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on the other night against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He almost pulled a victory for the team in the tough conditions before missing out the last ball of the innings when they required 2 runs off the final ball. Meanwhile, the head coach Stephen Fleming makes his voice on the loss.
Out of nowhere, MS Dhoni took the game till the last ball before missing out one delivery in the end. It was all about that one inch, which saw Royal Challengers Bangalore coming out victorious after almost being the victim of MS Dhoni’s heroic knock.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni denied singles in the 19th over of the game even when Dwayne Bravo is at the other end, who got brilliant hitting skills. However, MS Dhoni decided to finish the game on his own. Speaking of the same, Stephen Fleming backed the decision of MS Dhoni.
I am going to back him every time – Stephen Fleming
He added that MS Dhoni is so calculative that he would never question him for his last over’s calculations. Fleming backed Dhoni saying that he is best equipped to thrash those balls out of the park, which would have made him take the strike.
“He is so calculative that I would never question the last part of an innings with MS Dhoni. Yes, Bravo’s got power but if MS has a feeling that he’s going to win it this way, I’m going to back him every time. He’s done this so many times and looks, tonight he got us so close to the game so I’ll never question that,” Fleming said at the media conference.
On refusing singles:
Speaking of that aspect, Fleming believes that Dhoni would have wanted to take the onus on him in finishing the match, which he almost did. He also added that Dhoni might have thought that he is in a good frame to hit those boundaries for the victory.
“I think the reason was Dhoni felt he was best equipped to hit those sixes. The way he calculates the last few overs based on his power. He would have looked at it saying ‘I need four-five sixes’ to win the game. And as it panned out, it was pretty close,” said Fleming.
Well, as Fleming said, Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have felt that he could finish the game on his own. In fact, he almost did it for the team and sent the fear down the spine for Virat Kohli-led side. All in all, it was a brilliant game of cricket.
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