MS Dhoni was once criticised on social media, with pundits labelling his attain vs England as “baffling”.© AFP
India’s unbeaten scramble inWorld Cup 2019came to an end on Sunday after a 31-scramble loss to hosts England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Following the loss, some followers and pundits trained their guns at extinct India captain MS Dhoni for his apparent“lack of intent” within the creep, this regardless of him scoring 42 off 31 at a strike-price of 135.48 — 2d absolute best for an Indian batsman within the match. But assistant coach Sanjay Bangar acknowledged on Monday the criticism levelled on the extinct captain taken aback him, adding that 37-yr-musty Dhoni was once “doing the job for the team”.
“Rather than one uncommon innings, he has performed the role continually. Five out of seven games he has performed the job for the team,” Bangar was once quoted as announcing in an ICC media open.
“If you happen to ogle the earlier games, in opposition to South Africa he stitched collectively a partnership of 70 (the partnership was once 74) with Rohit (Sharma). After that, what was once required of him in opposition to Australia he did that.
“In Manchester on a flowery note (in opposition to West Indies) he got a valuable fifty for us. Right here furthermore he was once striking the ball in truth neatly. I’m taken aback that this ask continues to realize up typically.”
Chasing a stiff target 338 to lift, previously unbeaten India wished 71 runs from the last five overs ofSunday’s match at Edgbaston, with musty huge-hitter Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav on the crease.
But the pair added fair appropriate 39, scrambling singles but failing to search out the boundary on a fashioned foundation, to total on 306-5. Dhoni was once unbeaten on 42 off 31 deliveries whereas Jadhav was once 12 no longer out off 13 balls.
The two batsmen were criticised within the Indian press and on social media, with pundits labelling their attain as “baffling”.
A ambitious heart-negate batsman who led India to World Cup glory at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium in 2011, Dhoni’s ending prowess has currently been questioned.
Earlier within the fresh event he confronted flak for his dull knock in opposition to Afghanistan, when he scored fair appropriate 28 off 52 deliveries.
Bangar acknowledged England’s gorgeous bowling was once the region off of India’s struggles in Birmingham, reasonably than Dhoni’s alleged lack of intent.
“If you happen to ogle on the attain they bowled in opposition to the end, they passe the size in truth neatly and created complicated angles for our batters to hit,” acknowledged Bangar.
“In these big boundaries and with the produce of balls they were bowling — slower bouncers, plenty of into-the-wicket deliveries, slower balls, I fair appropriate felt maybe last one or two overs, the variation between runs required and balls left were reasonably too valuable.”
India want one lift from their closing two suits to make certain an area within the World Cup semi-finals.
(With AFP inputs)