After winning 5 out of their first 6 matches (one of which was a disappointment), India failed to chase down 338 against England on an easy pitch at Edgbaston on Sunday which cause their first loss in 2019 cricket world cup.
In the last part of the game, it was obvious that England would be run-away winners. Indian players were not seen surprised because of a sporadic defeat in World Cup but due to the crowd as they were annoyed by the weird slowdown style taken by MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadavh.
Chasing a high target, India started their innings in a relatively slow way but with the knocks of Virat Kholi and Rohit Sharma give a chance to India for a fight back.
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya also batted well but oddly Dhoni and Jadhav left experts confused with their knocks.
MS Dhoni and Jadhav faced 31 balls and played out 7 dots, they ran 20 singles and hit only 1 six and 3 fours when the need of that time was a lot more boundaries.
While Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain highlighted some thoughtful questions on air during their commentary time, Virat Kholi, Indian captain, fortified his batsmen at the end of game.
Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony, “We kept losing wickets and that doesn’t help in a big chase, but credit goes to England in the end. It’s up to discussions with the two guys who were in there.”
He further added, “I think MS Dhoni was trying really hard to get the boundary but it wasn’t coming off. They bowled in good areas and the ball was stopping, hence it was difficult to bat towards the end. We have to sit and assess and improve on things in the next game,”