MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav were trying to hit but pitch got pretty slow: Rohit Sharma

first_imgThe muted finish to India’s attempt to chase down a victory target of 338 against England at Edgbaston had fans wondering what had happened to MS Dhoni.Instead of going for the sixes, Dhoni and Jadhav blocked and ran a single here and there to leave a Sunday crowd frustrated in Birmingham.Of Dhoni’s seemingly sedate 42 from 31 deliveries, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma felt it came down to playing the conditions. Rohit said Dhoni and Jadhav were trying their best to hit boundaries, but England was bowling too tightly and the pitch got very slow as well.”They were trying to hit the ball but at the end it got pretty slow. You have to give credit to England’s team because they mixed up their variation nicely and kept us guessing all the way through the game,” Rohit said after the match.Rohit Sharma “When Mahi and Kedar were batting I think they were trying to hit, but were not able to because of the slowness of the pitch” #ENGvIND #CWC19 Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 1, 2019India was always a long way behind the run-rate required after being 28-1 after 10 overs – the slowest power play so far of the tournament – but started gaining momentum through the innings of Rohit Sharma (102), Virat Kohli (66), Rishabh Pant (32) and Hardik Pandya, who struck 45 from 33 balls.After Pandya was out in the 45th over, after which India required 71 off 30 balls, Dhoni hit another boundary four balls later but didn’t find the rope again until the penultimate over. By that time India needed 51 from 11 deliveries.advertisementThe 2011 World Cup-winning captain hit Chris Woakes for six off the first ball of the last over and India took 12 runs off the last six balls to cut the margin of defeat to 31. India’s unbeaten run at the tournament ended, but it remained in second spot on the World Cup standings with two group games to play.But India captain Virat Kohli also defended Dhoni and Jadhav’s slow approach by blaming the pitch and conditions. 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 the hour was a lot more boundaries.The MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav partnership:31 balls39 runs7 dots20 singles3 fours1 six#ENGvIND #CWC19Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 30, 2019Former captains Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain raised some serious questions on air during their commentary stint but Kohli defended his batsmen at the end of the game.”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,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”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,” Kohli said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals scenarios: Why India’s defeat to England will make Pakistan nervousAlso Read | World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India loseAlso Read | You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistlast_img

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