Former Indian off-spinning great Harbhajan Singh has stated that MS Dhoni's presence in the semi-final of Vijay Hazare trophy could have helped Jharkand win the match, a fixture which they eventually lost to Delhi.
At one point, Jharkand had restricted Delhi to 133 for 7 in their chase of 200. Yet, they let the match slip away. Stating that the presence of former Indian skipper could have changed the result, Bhajji, on his official Twitter handle wrote,
"Congrats captain @GautamGambhir and Team Delhi for reaching #VijayHazare finals. Well done #pawanNegi But who knows @msdhoni presence could have been the difference .Team Jharkhand must have missed him today @BCCIdomestic"
Delhi booked its place in the final of Vijay Hazare trophy and set up a clash with Mumbai after beating Jharkand by two wickets in the semi-final on Thursday. Gautam Gambhir's side chased down a meager target of 200, though, the match went down to the very last over.
Jharkand, without their star player MS Dhoni, could only manage a mere 199 while batting first. Ishan Kishan was the lone warrior for them, scoring 71. As for Delhi, Navdeep Saini was the star with the ball, ending with a figure of 4 for 30 in his 10 overs. He was duly supported by the other bowlers, who kept the pressure from the other end and kept chipping away with the wickets.
Chasing 200, it was expected to be an easy ride for Delhi. But it was the complete opposite. A disciplined Jharkand bowling unit were on course for a sensation victory, having reduced Delhi to 133 for 7 at one stage.
But Pawan Negi and Saini stepped up to the challenge, and took their side to a victory. Negi remained unbeaten at a well made 39, while Saini, who shone with the ball, scored a brisk 13 to help Delhi book a berth in the final.