Stokes had raised questions on Dhoni’s attitude, said – did not even try to make Team India win


New Delhi: English cricketer Ben Stokes in his book ‘On Fire’ questioned the performance of Team India in the World Cup 2019. According to Ben Stokes, former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not show the spirit of winning in the match against England. Not only this, Ben Stokes said that he also found the partnership of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli ‘mysterious’.

Stokes raised questions on Dhoni

Ben Stokes mentioned this match of World Cup 2019 against India in his book ‘On Fire’. Ben Stokes said, ‘When Dhoni came to bat, the Indian team needed 112 runs in 11 overs and he batted in a strange way. He looked more eager to take a run than sending the ball across the boundary line. The Indian team could have won in the last 12 balls as well.

Doubts on Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav

Stokes said, ‘The urge to win in the partnership of Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav was very little or not seen at all. I think he could have scored runs if he had batted well. He said, ‘England’s dressing room felt that Dhoni wanted to take the match to the last overs then. He remained unbeaten on 42 off 31 balls in this match, but most of the runs came in the last overs when the match was almost out of India’s hands.

Question on Dhoni’s way of playing

Stokes said, ‘It was being discussed in our dressing room that this is the way Dhoni plays. Even if the Indian team does not win the match, their net run rate should be maintained.’ In this World Cup match played in Birmingham, England won by 31 runs after scoring 337 for 7 wickets.

Rohit and Kohli also doubted

In this match, England’s new ball bowlers Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer bowled tight to Rohit and Kohli, who removed almost 27 overs for a partnership of 138 runs. He said, ‘The way Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were playing it was like a mystery. I know we bowled really well during this time, but the way he batted, it looked absolutely bizarre.

India got a crushing defeat

Stokes said, ‘Both these batsmen pushed their team back a lot in the match. He showed no desire to put pressure on our team. They were playing according to our strategy. Stokes termed Indian captain Kohli’s complaint about the boundary line of 59 meters as ‘disappointment’. Stokes said that Kohli had talked about the shortening of the boundary line which he found ‘a bit strange’. He said, ‘In the award ceremony after the match, Indian captain Kohli raised a question about the boundary line, which he found strange. I had never heard such complaint after the match.


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