Virender Sehwag criticizes MS Dhoni: Former cricketer wants Indian batsmen to play more aggressively against the spinners.
Former India opening batsman Virender Sehwag took to social media platform Twitter to express his concern regarding Indian batsmen’s low strike rate against spinners in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Comparing Indian batsmen’s strike rate in the last match against Rashid Khan and the ongoing match against Fabian Allen, Sehwag highlighted how the likes of majorly Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav have struggled against spinners.
Virender Sehwag criticizes MS Dhoni
Having leaked 34 runs in his first five overs, Allian gave away only 18 runs in the next five. Bowling from overs 32-40, Allen ran through his overs without giving the opposition batsmen many chances of breaking free. A defensive approach followed by Dhoni further helped the bowler’s case.
In the 19 balls that Dhoni played against Allen in his last five overs, he scored only nine runs at a strike rate of 47.36. Among the others, India captain Kohli scored eight off nine while all-rounder Hardik Pandya scored 1 (2).
While Dhoni did well to end the Indian innings on a high note, a better approach in the initial phase of the innings could have put India in a safe zone altogether. Remaining unbeaten till the end, Dhoni ended up scoring 56* (61) with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Rashid Khan had gone for 25 in 4 overs , gave away only 13 in his next 6 and today Fabian Allen had given 34 in 5 overs, only 18 in next 5. Can’t be so defensive against the spinners.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 27, 2019
Sehwag also brought into notice that India scored only 12 runs in Rashid Khan’s last five overs in their last match against Afghanistan. The major culprit during that match was Kedar Jadhav, who scored 7 runs in 20 balls at a strike rate of 35. Talking about Dhoni, he had scored three runs off eight balls including a dismissal against Rashid.