Batting great Sachin Tendulkar did not find anything wrong with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's approach in the World Cup clash against Bangladesh as he felt the former captain put his team first.
Tendulkar's latest opinion was strikingly different from his criticism of the former captain a few days ago when he questioned the "lack of intent" during a similar knock against Afghanistan.
Dhoni, whose 35 off 33 balls at the death saw India score only 63 runs in the last 10 overs against Bangladesh here on Tuesday, was slammed by fans on social media for his slow knock but Tendulkar said it was an important innings for India. Talking about Dhoni's knock, Tendulkar said that Dhoni played a crucial inning and did exactly what was needed and was good for the team. The master blaster added that if Dhoni stays till the 50th over he can help other batsmen around him and he is expected to do that as his experience is valuable.
India posted a 28-run win over Bangladesh to book a semifinal berth in the World Cup, and Tendulkar applauded Dhoni for his commitment towards the team. Tendulkar lauded Dhoni and said that he is a player who always puts the team first. His experience helps him to take a different approach to his innings every time according to what the team requires and he did exactly that against Bangladesh.
Last week, India had struggled en-route their 11-run win over Afghanistan and Tendulkar had expressed his disappointment with the team's slow batting display, saying Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav lacked positive intent during their tense World Cup clash.
"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 had said after the match in Southampton.
Having lost just one match, India is looking comfortable this World Cup. They will play their last league stage match against Sri Lanka on 6 July.