After enjoying an undisputed run in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Team India suffered their first defeat against the hosts England by 31 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday. This loss has not hurt India's chances as they only need a solitary point to make it to the semifinals. They have won five of their seven matches and have 11 points in their tally as one match against New Zealand was washed away due to rain.
Coming back to the high-octane clash, English skipper Eoin Morgan won a crucial toss and elected to bat first. The hosts got off to a brisk start on a good batting wicket, riding on their openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow's partnership. Bairstow top-scored for the hosts with a 109-ball 111 as England got to a stiff total of 337/7 in their 50 overs.
In reply, despite a 138- run second wicket stand between skipper Virat Kohli (66) and vice-captain Rohit Sharma (102) along with some swashbuckling innings from Rishabh Pant and a spectacular cameo from Hardik Pandya, India could not get past the finish line. 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.
Dhoni and Jadhav were criticised by the fans after their slow innings resulted in India's loss. However, cricketer-turned-commentator came out in support of Kedar Jadhav. The former Test player took to Twitter and wrote 'No point blaming Kedar Jadhav....Game was over by the time he walked out to bat. He isn’t your finisher when you need 15 an over. Not His Fault. #CWC19 #EngvInd'
Read Chopra's tweet here.
However, the fans did not agree with the ex-opening batsman. Here's what they had to say.