Indian skipper Virat Kohli has come in full support for MS Dhoni following his highly defensive knock of 37 of 59 deliveries in the deciding game of the series. The most trending news in the cricket fraternity- Virat Kohli defends MS Dhoni, yet again shows the skipper’s faith in the wicket-keeper batsman, despite continuous sulking performance in the white ball cricket.
Virat Kohli defends MS Dhoni
“This comes up again and again when he is not able to play in the normal way he does. It is very unfortunate that people jump into conclusions very quickly. When he does well, people call him the best finisher ever and when they don’t go well, they all pounce on him,” said the 29-year-old, was the 2nd leading run scorer for the Indian unit.
The Indian skipper also added,” We all have bad days in cricket and this was a bad day for everyone, not just him. Also, you want to take the innings deep, you don’t want to lose by 160-170 runs, and he has the experience, but some days it just doesn’t come off. Other people jump to conclusions, but we don’t. We totally believe in him,” said Virat Kohli in the post-match conference.
MS Dhoni faces a barrage of boos after the loss in 2nd game at Lord’s
MS Dhoni was booed by the audience for his unconditionally slow knock which led to India’s defeat in the nerve-wracking contest. He might have managed to put few smiles on the Indian faces by achieving the milestone of 10,000 run mark in ODI cricket, and 300 catch-outs in the shorter format of the game, but, all those achievements and crowd praises got wiped out in a quarter of a second, following his tragic display of batting prowess at the Mecca of cricket which ultimately led to the team’s loss in the decider game of the series.
What’s shocking, is to witness a player of his calibre bowing down to the lesser experienced bowling attack, considering that MS Dhoni had managed to smack some highly dangerous and riveting bowlers of his generation when at the peak of his career. It looks like the opposition’s pace and spin are finally getting onto him.
He might be fit as a player, as is evident from the results of his yo-to test. But, simply being fit won’t guarantee him success anymore if he isn’t getting any runs in the middle.
Team India fails but, Indian spectators wail
Indian team needed a mammoth chase of 322 runs to clinch the ODI series from England, instead, they fell victim to their own sheepish batting prowess, which caused them to tremble down at 236.
No player could notch up a 50 plus individual total from the Indian unit, with Suresh Raina being the leading run scorer with 46 runs, followed by Virat Kohli with 45 runs of his 56 deliveries.
Yet, the crowd ignored the other ten’s performance in the dismal ODI contest and blamed it all on the Former Indian skipper to have failed in changing gears at the right moment. Even, many cricket fanatics expressed their discontent with Dhoni’s style of play in a game which decided India’s fate in the ongoing series.
A victory at the Lord’s cricket ground would have certainly boosted the Indian team’s morale before their final competition against the hosts in tests. Perhaps, they weren’t destined to win at Lord’s.
England manages a triumphant victory over the Indian unit
Joe Root’s 12th ODI century, skipper Eoin Morgan sensible batting display, and a thunderous performance from the English all-rounder David Willey along with some excellent bowling prowess from Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett forced Indian unit to kneel down to them at a paltry total of 236.
England’s victory against the visitors ensured their team’s survival in the much-anticipated contest. Now, the series is at an equalizer of 1-1, and both teams would give in whatever it takes to get the better of each other.