As India suffered a shocking loss against arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy; security has been increased at wicketkeeper MS Dhoni’s residence in Ranchi.
People in India got emotional after the loss against Pakistan. India’s batting order collapsed dramatically while chasing a stiff target of 339. Put into bat the men in Green got off to a good start, courtesy of a 128 opening-run stand between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali. Fakhar Zaman was the star of the show with the bat as he brought his first hundred in an ICC event. Later on, when Pakistan came out to bowl, it was Mohammad Amir who did the damage with the ball. Neither could bowling department do any better.
This move has been taken after considering unruly fan behaviour after the team’s loss in the final. While local police do guard Dhoni’s house round the year but more force is deployed during high-profile matches and bigger tournaments. It may be recalled here that in 2014, the security cover of Mahendra Singh Dhoni was downgraded to Y from Z category by Jharkhand government.
Pakistan, who did not have a good record against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council tournaments; started this event the lowest ranked of the eight teams involved but emerged as the champions.