Team India were not at their best against Afghanistan in Southampton but somehow made an escape. The Afghan spinners- Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan -pounced on the Indian batsman, even MS Dhoni, couldn’t get their measure.
Dhoni came to bat number five after the bounce of Virat Kohli the 37-year-old former skipper could only manage to score 28 runs off 52 balls scoring only 3 fours, Dhoni was also involved in a 57-run stand with Kedar Jadhav that was incised in 14 overs. Dhoni was eventually caught out by Rashid Khan.
However, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Dhoni is a skilled batsman to wipe out and he believes that Dhoni will make a strong comeback. “At the end of the day, MSD is a very good batsman and he will definitely prove that in this year’s World Cup 2019 as well despite his sticky form against Team Afghanistan, It’s just one match,” Ganguly said.
It was really disappointing to see Dhoni play like this, when india needed some great blows from him with only 5.3 overs left. India finished the game with 224 in 50 overs. Luckily, Kohli’s saved themselves from an embarrassing loss as the Afghanistan Team were bowled out for 213, many supporters and former cricketers, even Sachin Tendulkar became detracting of Dhoni for not showing much of an intent.
“I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. We batted 34 overs of spin bowling and scored 119 runs. This was one area where we didn’t look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent,” Tendulkar mentioned.