Discarded opener Gautam Gambhir has said that Indian skipper MS Dhoni was profusely helpless in the semi-final of the World T20 against the West Indies. Gambhir, in his media interaction, said that Lendl Simmons was extremely lucky and owing to the lackluster outing of the Indian spinners, Dhoni could not do anything out of the box. The southpaw also added that he was surprised when he saw that R. Ashwin’s full quota of overs wasn’t utilized.
“MS Dhoni is a good captain but he is at his best when his spinners are in play,” said Gambhir. “He likes the hustle-bustle that his spinners create, rushing through the overs and thereby controlling the game. I could see the tension on his face when Jadeja was bowling half-trackers with that wet ball. I wasn’t surprised to see Dhoni turning to Virat Kohli for bowling. I was also not surprised to note that Ashwin’s quota of overs wasn’t completed,” Gambhir said.
He also stated that dropping Shikhar Dhawan for the crucial game was a big mistake. “I strongly feel the Indian team management erred by benching Shikhar Dhawan. If ever there was a venue to play him, it was the Wankhede Stadium. This was a flat pitch with small boundaries, something that would have excited him. In any case, I am never a big fan of giving a new guy a game in such an important fixture unless due to injury, said Gambhir.
“They lost the toss and batted first at a venue where chasing is the order of the day. Then they posted 192 which can be considered a par score with small boundaries and a rocket outfield. Above all, there was one cricketing element which decimated India’s spin advantage – dew,” Gambhir summed up, about the misfortune of the Indians.