Twitter slams MS Dhoni for his slow innings: Twitter was unhappy at how the wicket-keeper batsman approached his innings tonight.
During the first T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of India at Visakhapatnam, India ended up scoring 126-7 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. After winning the toss and putting India to bat, Australia captain Aaron Finch would be relished by his bowlers’ performance.
India lost an early wicket in vice-captain Rohit Sharma (5). A 55-run partnership between opening batsman Lokesh Rahul (50) and Virat Kohli (24) laid the platform for the middle-order to capitalize but that wasn’t to be.
Kohli’s dismissal was followed by a near batting collapse which sucked the momentum out of the Indian innings. The middle overs saw India being restricted from 69-1 to 100-6. Contradicting the format, the Indian batsmen didn’t score a single boundary for a major part of the innings.
Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at the helm of things when most of this happened. Watching the other batsmen getting dismissed cheaply didn’t call for Dhoni to go all out on the opposition bowlers.
Having said that, the veteran cricketer was undoubtedly expected to put in a better show. Dhoni ended up scoring 29* (37) with the help of one six. With a weak Indian tail batting with him, Dhoni had to refuse a lot of singles which also didn’t work in his favour.
Dhoni putting on display a defensive approach tonight might have saved India from getting all out but him taking on the bowlers might have given the hosts’ bowlers some runs to play with.
Given his potential and the way hoe he batted, the 37-year old cricketer received a lot of flak on social media platform Twitter.
Read some of the tweets on Dhoni below:
— Justin James (@77justinjames) February 24, 2019
For the past few years Dhoni becomes dead weight to the team. Why media & team management hiding it #starikelungal
— Suresh (@sureshkumar2456) February 24, 2019
Now Dhoni is planning to return the test team
— Bablu Kumar (@Bablu725020) February 24, 2019
Dhoni’s motto these days, when the top order collapses.
“Something is better than nothing”#INDvAUS
— Sanjay Singh Bisht (@sanjaybisht1998) February 24, 2019
— Avíjít Dαs (@myselfavijitdas) February 24, 2019
Karthik refused a single and the world pounced on him but when Dhoni refuses 10 singles and a double the world says he is Thala #INDvAUS
— Be Yusuf (@barmare_yusuf) February 24, 2019
How much worse your batting can go, it was pathetic mr Dhoni. You were struggling from ball one to the last ball. Your time is over by a long way. For indias sake get out of the team.I have no doubt, YOU MAY TURN OUT TO BE THE VILLAIN FOR TEAM IN WG.
— AMAR KUMAR AGARWAL (@AMARKUMARAGARW7) February 24, 2019
#INDvAUS really fed up of Dhoni’s responsible batting…@MSKPrasad_ hope u have plan for 2020 T20 world cup. MS Dhoni’s comment on senior from movie: humare seniors are good batsman but slow in the field.
But now : Dhoni is fast on field but he can’t bat.
— Uttam Dom (@uttamdom) February 24, 2019
Those who believe Dhoni still belongs to international level should have watched his inning today to face the hard reality. #INDvAUS
— Vijender Negi (@vijendernegi2) February 24, 2019
@BCCI India is digging its own grave by including Dhoni in the playing 11. He’s way past his expiry date. Take him as a mentor but not as a player. Wastage of a precious spot
— superhero (@detwah4life) February 24, 2019
— Palash Adhikary (@PalashA35815767) February 24, 2019
Dhoni played really well otherwise we could have made 150.
I watched last two overs and Dhoni successfully blamed bat for his mis-shots
— Mukesh Aggarwal (@mukesh78782) February 24, 2019
Even though #dhoni tried to hit every ball, he could only hit 1 six with such a low strike rate. It’s sad to see a great player like him struggle so much.
— Akshat Jain (@jain0398) February 24, 2019
Tell me a better duo than Dhoni and situations, i will wait😑#INDvAUS
— Vishal (@iBhardwajVishal) February 24, 2019
why dhoni did not wear white today?#INDvAUS
— ʇɐʍʇ¯ʇɐʍʇ (@done_done_do) February 24, 2019
Lowest SR for India in a T20I match facing atleast 30 balls:
43.75 – Yuvraj Singh v Pakistan, Dhaka, 2016
71.42 – Ravindra Jadeja v England, Lord’s, 2009
78.37 – MS Dhoni v Australia, Vizag, 2019*#INDvAUS
— Vasu Jain (@vasu_1001) February 24, 2019