When India lost the fourth ODI of the series against the Windies, the talks of the retirement of MS Dhoni were on the peak. He consumed a total of 114 deliveries to score just 54 runs. His first boundary came after a break of 102 balls and in the end, India lost the game by a margin of 11 runs chasing a target of just 190.
MS Dhoni was surrounded by critics. It was the second time within a matter of a month when questions were raised over Dhoni’s place in the team as before this, the critics came hard at Dhoni for a failure in ICC Champions Trophy final.
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No one said in favour of Dhoni but finally, the former Indian skipper has got the backing of someone and he is none other than the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has backed his senior mate. Kohli defended Dhoni for going in ultra-slow mode in the fourth ODI and blamed difficult conditions for the loss in that game,
“He is striking the ball beautifully, you don’t need to tell him anything in terms of how to play a situation, how to build an innings. You have to figure out what kind of wickets you are playing on as well. I was trying to hit the spinners a couple of days in practice and I couldn’t because the wickets were not that great to play strokes, the wicket in the centre was much better. You can’t really judge a guy’s batting form at practice because you don’t know what kind of wickets you are going to get. “If the bounce is not ideal then obviously you have to keep defending the ball and keep rotating the strike. I think it was only in the last game he couldn’t rotate the strike and before that, he got a brilliant 70 or 80 odd not out,” said Kohli in the post-match press conference after the end of the ODI series.
In the fifth ODI where Indian team needed a total of 206 runs to win, Kohli did not leave the task for others and the Indian skipper played an innings of 111* to lead the team by an example. There was no scope of a bungle as the captain had the control of the game in his hands. Meanwhile, he struck the 28th century of his ODI career. Also, this was his 18th ton when chasing a total, during which he broke the record of Sachin Tendulkar who has 17 centuries to his name. (Read Here: 10 Famous Quotes On MS Dhoni)
India and Windies face off each other for the one last time in the series when these two take on each other in an T20I game at the same venue on Sunday.
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