Rohit Sharma passes huge statement on MS Dhoni’s approach: The Indian vice-captain explained the reasons behind Dhoni’s approach.
Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has once again come under the scanner for his batting approach in India’s loss against England at Edgbaston.
Despite Dhoni scored 42* (31) with the help of four fours and a six at a strike rate of 135.48, him showing a lack of intent in the last five overs enticed plentiful criticism towards his side.
With India needing 71 runs in the last five overs, they ended up falling short by 31 runs in the end. Dhoni and Jadhav literally not going for the big shots didn’t go down well with fans and former Indian cricketers.
India should not be too disappointed as Eng played better cricket but the only thing India needs to think about would be as to who would be the strikers of the ball in the last 10 overs. Come another day does India have the firepower to chase down such a target? #ENGvIND #CWC2019
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) June 30, 2019
Rohit Sharma passes huge statement on MS Dhoni’s approach
Speaking during the post-match press conference, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma justified the approach followed by both Dhoni and Jadhav. “When MS [Dhoni] and Kedar [Jadhav] were batting, they were trying their best but it was tough to score boundaries. The surface was awfully slow,” Sharma was quoted as saying.
Speaking about India’s new No. 4 in Rishabh Pant, Sharma disclosed that he wasn’t surprised to see him walking in to bat ahead of all-rounder Hardik Pandya. “You guys wanted him to play, right? You asked where is Rishabh Pant? Where is Rishabh Pant? Here he is… at No. 4,” Sharma said. Watch the full video below:
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 30, 2019
Having scored his 25th ODI century, Sharma and India captain Virat Kohli stitched a 136-run partnership to lay a foundation for India. In what was Sharma’s third century of the tournament, it was the first one which went in a losing effort.