Team India suffered their first loss in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as hosts England got the better of them by 31 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday. Chasing a stiff target of 338, India got off to the worst possible start as KL Rahul departed without troubling the scorers. Skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma then added 138 runs for the second wicket stand. Hitman scored his 25th ODI century and his third one of the tournament. Sharma was India's top-scorer with a 109-ball 102. Post their dismissal, the onus was on Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant to finish the job for their side.
Pant was dismissed for a 29-ball 32 while Pandya was sent back after a spectacular cameo of a 33-ball 45. In the end, MS Dhoni's 31-ball unbeaten 42 helped India finish at 306/5 in their 50 overs. Along with Dhoni, even all-rounder Kedar Jadhav remained unbeaten on a 13-ball 12. Jadhav had come into bat at number six after Pandya's wicket. The two middle-order batsmen added 39 runs for the sixth wicket stand in the last five overs of their run chase. Dhoni did play some big shots in the end, but it was too late by then as the match as a contest was all over by then.
Just like their failure against Afghanistan, the two middle-order batsmen were once again criticised on social media for their slow batting. Among them was the 'Voice of Indian Cricket' Harsha Bhogle.
Bhogle took to Twitter and wrote 'Disappointing finish. A run-a-ball partnership can't win games. Was exciting till Pandya was in.'
Read the tweet here:
The veteran commentator's tweet found mixed reactions from the citizens. Some agreed with Bhogle that Dhoni and Jadhav's slow innings cost India the game.
While there were others who blamed the collective team failure.