Former Indian captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the targeted for the team’s first defeat to the host on Sunday. Team India had to chase a target of 338, but succumbed to 306 with 5 wickets loss. Dhoni remained unbeaten at 31 whereas Kedar Jadhav scored 12 off 13 balls.
Former captain and commentator Sourav Ganguly has questioned the batting approach. India needed 71 off last five overs after Rishabh Pant Hardik Pandya’s dismissal. Dhoni and Kedar being great finishers failed to lead the team to a victory.
Ganguly said, “I don’t have words, can’t explain the singles. It’s also the length and the bounce that has deceived the Indian batsmen. You can’t be chasing a target of 338 runs and still have 5 wickets in the end. It’s the mindset and the way you look at the game. It’s clear; no matter where the ball comes and where it lands you have to find a boundary.”
Looking at the affects of the defeat, India still has two more games to go before the Semi-Finals, and they need to win one game to qualify and secure a seat to the Semi-Finals.