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MS Dhoni booed at Lord’s, Virat Kohli defends former captain

MS Dhoni became the fourth Indian batsman to go past 10,000 ODI runs but there was no standing ovation for the former India captain at Lord’s. Instead, Mahi was booed and his dismissal applauded.

Indian supporters at Lord’s were left frustrated with Dhoni’s slow approach to a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against England.

India were already behind the asking rate when Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of Virat Kohli’s wicket. His approach thereafter was baffling: Dhoni scored 37 off 59 balls and hit only two boundaries.

At the end, when Lord’s did reverberate with applause, it was because Dhoni was dismissed by Liam Plunkett in the 47th over of the Indian innings.

That was in stark contrast to what Dhoni is used to from the audience by now.

When Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of Kohli’s wicket, India needed 183 runs in 23 overs and the required run rate was just under 8. Ideal! One would think.

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However, the picture completely changed in the next 20 overs and eventually India lost by 86 runs while England levelled the three-match ODI series 1-1.

In the 20 overs between Dhoni’s arrival and dismissal, India scored just 75 runs and the asking rate completely shot up.

MS Dhoni failed to entertain the crowd at Lord’s during the second ODI between India and England. (AP Photo)

In the last 15 overs, India could not manage more than 10 runs in any over and the last 10 overs produced just 42 runs.

India looked like they had decided they would not be able to win the match and were only playing out the overs.

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Dhoni came under severe criticism on social media. Most people were completely baffled by his innings, where he scored just 37 runs off 59 deliveries, while some felt he was playing for a personal milestone.

Despite all the criticism, captain Kohli came out in support of Dhoni and said as a team, it was their idea to “take the innings deep”.

He said that people jump to conclusions and the team is not at all affected by all the criticism.

“The idea was to take the innings deep. We don’t want to lose by 160 or 170 runs. You want to take it as deep as you can and he has got the experience, but some days it just doesn’t come off. People just jump to conclusions, which we as a team don’t. We totally believe in him and in the abilities in all the other players.

“Kohli said the team was not affected by the criticism of Dhoni. “This thing comes up again and again when he is not able to play the way he does. It is very unfortunate that people just jump to conclusions very quickly. When he does well people call him best finisher ever. And when things don’t go well people pounce on him. We all have bad days in cricket. Today was I think a bad day for everyone, not just for him alone. And just as a batting unit we could not click,” Kohli said.

India will play the third and deciding ODI on June 17.

Updated: July 15, 2018 — 9:26 am
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