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Indian Cricket Fans Cannot Stop Talking About Dhoni's 'Sluggish' Knock Against West Indies

Despite scoring 16 runs off the last over bowled by Oshane Thomas, Dhoni's 'slow and steady' knock of 56 off 61 against West Indies at Old Trafford on Thursday became a huge topic of debate on social media.

Anurag Verma | News18.com

Updated:June 28, 2019, 12:37 PM IST
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Indian Cricket Fans Cannot Stop Talking About Dhoni's 'Sluggish' Knock Against West Indies
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Despite scoring 16 runs off the last over bowled by Oshane Thomas, Dhoni's 'slow and steady' knock of 56 off 61 against West Indies at Old Trafford on Thursday became a huge topic of debate on social media.

Arriving to rescue India who were struggling at 140/4 in 30 overs, Dhoni stuck around till the 50th over and with the assistance of skipper Kohli and Hardik Pandya, the veteran pushed the Men in Blue's score to 268/7.

However, the 37-year-old cricketer found it hard to rotate the strike. The dot balls kept mounting and the runs were hard to come by - something the viewers had witnessed in the previous clash against Afghanistan, where Dhoni scored 28 off 52 before Rashid Khan got the better of him. It was Jasprit Bumrah's death bowling and Mohammed Shami's late hat-trick heroics that saved the day for India, beating the spirited Afghans only by 11 runs.

Come the Manchester clash and history almost repeated itself when Dhoni, batting at 8, danced down the track to a Fabian Allen delivery, only to get beaten. Here, the batter saw a ray of hope (ahem) when West Indian wicket-keeper Shai Hope made a mess of a stumping chance as he failed to collect the ball cleanly.

Dhoni capitalised on the missed opportunity and stayed rooted to the crease until the very end of Indian innings. The former captain did manage to redeem himself by smashing 6, 4 and a last-ball 6 to Thomas to take India to a decent score.

Backing Mahi's efforts with the bat, Kohli while receiving his Man of the Match award said, “Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games.”

Calling him the legend of the game, Kohli further added by saying, “We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans. He has such a keen understanding of the game. Always sends us feedback, that you know 260 is a good score. He’s a legend of the game. We all know that. Just hope he can continue.”

The critics on social media, however, weren't mightily impressed by Dhoni's knock and they expressed their mixed feelings on the microblogging site Twitter. Several others dismissed the criticism that came Dhoni's way and batted for the veteran.

Dhoni, once again, hogged the limelight later during West Indies innings when he took a stunning one-handed catch to send dangerous Carlos Brathwaite marching back to the pavilion.

Brathwaite followed a wider of the crease ball from Bumrah and ended up nicking it on the way through.

Meanwhile, the half-centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and Dhoni and a fast-paced hand by Pandya backed up by lethal spell of bowling by Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah saw India trashing the Indies by 125 runs. The defeat also ended all chances for West Indies to advance to the semis.

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