MS Dhoni, MS Dhoni Run Out
MS Dhoni run out in the 2019 WC SF vs New Zealand. (Photo: Getty Images)

Former India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has said that Team India made a tactical blunder by not promoting legendary wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni in the batting order during the high-profile ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand National Cricket Team.

The Men In Blue and the BlackCaps locked horns in the semi-final 1 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. Batting first, the BlackCaps were able to post 239/8 on the board. Chasing the target, India faced a batting collapse as Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were able to contribute just 1-run each.

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MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja (Photo-Getty)

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya scored 32 runs each, but No.5 batter Dinesh Karthik failed miserably and scored just 6 runs.

In the end, Ravindra Jadeja smashed 77 runs and MS Dhoni scored 50 runs. However, Dhoni was unable to take India past the finish line as he got run out on the 3rd ball of the 49th over and New Zealand won the match by 18 runs.

During a discussion on Cricbuzz, Parthiv Patel said that Dhoni, who came out to bat at No.7, couldn’t have won the game for Team India from the dressing room. He said:

“In the 2019 World Cup semi-final, we sent Dinesh Karthik to bat at five and MS Dhoni at seven. I don’t know if MS Dhoni was going to win you the game from the dressing room.

In the last T20 World Cup, we left out Yuzvendra Chahal, who is our No.1 spinner – Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

Parthiv Patel further talked about India’s recent failures in the ICC events and said that the Men In Blue have made tactical blunders on a regular basis. He elaborated:

“In bilateral series, you don’t have to change much. You just have to plan once and usually, the plan goes for the full series. But the pressure is different when you get into a semi-final or a final. India lost to a better team at the 2015 World Cup.

“But when you look at the Champions Trophy final (2017), India got it wrong tactically by deciding to bowl first on that wicket. Or in the 2019 World Cup, we didn’t get our team right as we couldn’t find a No.4 batter for two years.

“In the last T20 World Cup, we left out Yuzvendra Chahal, who is our No.1 spinner and picked players who had done well just in the recent past. We didn’t win those ICC trophies because we were tactically not right.”

Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credits: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credits: Twitter)

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