World Cup 2019: Did Jadhav and Dhoni’s lack of intent cost India a match?

Ankit Kumar
MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni hitting the ball for a single.

Indian team needed 10 runs per over in last 10 overs with 6 wickets and they lost

England defeated India by 31 runs and Indian cricket fans along with cricket legends are blaming Jadhav and Dhoni. Indian team needed 10 runs per over in the last ten overs with 6 wickets in hand and India lost the game by 31 runs. Batsmen of the Indian team weren’t able to score big shots at the end of career and India lost the game.

England’s Chris Woakes (R) shakes hands with India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C) and India’s Kedar Jadhav (L) after victory in the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage.

The pitch became slow in the later part of the innings and Indian team was not able to find the middle of the bat. Commentators and the cricket legends also said that there was a lack of intent from Kedar Jadhav and one of the best finisher ever MS Dhoni.

England captain and player had a proper plan against Indian finishers

England bowler was up to the mark and took the pace out of the ball in most parts of their bowling. The pitch became slow which helped the England pacers to pull out the entire pace and let the batsman do all the work on the ball to take it to the boundary. Captain Eoin Morgan co-ordinated with his bowlers well and executed bowling according to plan to deprive Indian batsmen of sixes.

Hardik Pandya started good but the plan to put all the straight fielders to boundaries and ask Pandya to hit over them worked for the home team. They didn’t give balls in Pandya’s arc and kept it away from him on the outside line from the off-stump.  There was a clear plan for MS Dhoni as well. Balls were bowled on the hard length with pace off and fielders were put accordingly.

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Captain defended Dhoni and Jadhav

Indian Captain and Vice-captain defended their players and said that they tried their best. Virat Kohli said after the interview that Dhoni and Jadhav tried but it didn’t come off. Vice Captain and centurion of the match Rohit Sharma said in the press conference that the pitch became slow and it was hard to put balls out of the ground.

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