Harbhajan on Dhoni’s form: The Indian off-spinner has supported the notion of Dhoni batting in the middle order in ODIs.
Whenever former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays for India, he ends up accumulating plentiful eyeballs, chiefly for his mediocre batting form. Apparently, the last year has been such for Dhoni.
Since the start of 2018, the 37-year old cricketer has been struggling to cope up with the demands of ODI cricket. Dhoni, who was once known for his ability to play the big shots at will, has struggled to even play the big shots.
What a 🐐 Dhoni is, scores a 50 in 98 balls and gets out knowing India needs to accelerate now.
-Tweep living in Dhonial.#AUSvIND
— سانیا Saniya (@touche_always) January 12, 2019
For those “Cricket experts” saying we lost the match BECAUSE OF Dhoni: We were 4/3. You don’t win matches from there, you can only reduce the margin of defeat and take it till the end. #AUSvIND #INDvAUS
— Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 12, 2019
His 68th ODI half-century at Sydney yesterday saw him consuming too many deliveries, the outcome of which was him scoring 51 (96). Credit to Dhoni for resurrecting India from 4-3 but someone of his stature was expected to at least take India close to the chase, if not seal it.
Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who plays under Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings, supported Dhoni and hoped for him to return back into form soon. Praising India’s middle-order, he said that India have potential in the middle.
Reasons for India’s defeat-
Jadeja 12 but
Let’s blame DHONI for his fighting 51 (96)
FUCK YOU haters #INDvAUS
— MAHI 彡 (@ImShanTanu29) January 12, 2019
WinWiz obviously has not taken into account Dhoni’s recent form and ability. Highlights the hazards of analysing cricket only through data. https://t.co/LvdXw9xfk8
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 12, 2019
“India have potential in the middle order. We can’t say Rayudu and Dhoni don’t have potential. Dhoni has won many matches for India in the past. Yes, he has struggled in the recent past and I feel he must get back to form.
“The way he batted in the IPL 2018 was brilliant. He needs to get that form back and the day he does that, I don’t think we will need to worry a lot about the middle order. He needs to shift his gear and the day he does that the middle order issues will be sorted,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying by India Today.