Team India continued their unbeaten run in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by a nail-biting 11-run win against Afghanistan at Southampton on Saturday. However, unlike their previous games, the Indian batting struggled to get going against the Afghans. They lost their top order very early and only skipper Virat Kohli showed resistance with a 63-ball 67 which included five boundaries at a strike rate of 106.35.
After Kohli's dismissal, the onus was on middle-order batsmen MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav to accelerate and take the Men In Blue to a big total. However, the duo found it difficult to cope up with the tricky surface as India's scoring rate dropped. While both Dhoni and Jadhav were involved in a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket, they had consumed 84 balls. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman was dismissed for a 52-ball 28 while Jadhav went on to score a half-century before falling to skipper Gulbadin Naib in the final over for a 68-ball 52 as India could only manage to get to 224/8 in their 50 overs. Both the middle-order batsmen were criticized on social media for their slow innings which hampered India's momentum.
Even Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar was unhappy with Dhoni and Jadhav's lack of intent.
"I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. We batted 34 overs of spin bowling and scored 119 runs. This was one area where we didn't look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent," Tendulkar told a media publication.
"Both Kedar and Dhoni were not able to play at the required strike rate that they would have wanted. Those in-between overs could have been better and that is why Kedar was under a bit of pressure," Tendulkar said.
However, the Little Master's comments did not go down well with Mahi's fans and they came forward to troll him on social media.
(With PTI Inputs)