ENG Vs IND, 2018: It Was a Very Odd Inning From MS Dhoni, Says Nasser Hussain
The former skipper of England Nasser Hussain could not stop himself while saying a word or so about none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Simultaneously, it is worthy to mention that Ranchi-based veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni played a knock of 37 runs off 59 balls at Lord’s on Saturday (July 14) against England.
Cricketer-turned-commentator Nasser thought the slow knock in a chase of 323 at Lord’s against England was pretty unusual. He cited the fact of seeing Dhoni having plenty of experience, on his back.
What actually happened?
India while chasing 323 gets a flier off a start. Rohit Sharma alongside Shikhar Dhawan added the 49-run partnership for the first wicket.
Soon after Rohit departed, Indian Team fell just as a pack of cards. All the eyes then were on the great man who arrived at the crease on the score of 140 for four after 27 overs.
With the asking rate less than seven, Indian fans were expecting a finishing touch from Dhoni like he has had done in the past. Soon after the Dhoni joined the crease, he instead of the protagonist acted as an antagonist which what actually many felt.
The 36-year-old right-handed batsman Dhoni seemed to be lost in the mental battle between the spin on a surface which turned slower with the likes of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali in front. He looked less intent during the whole innings that eventually added a catastrophic flavour in the end.
Nasser Hussain made a remark:
While sharing the remarks on the most debatable issue since the beginning of an innings, Nasser interacted with Sky Sports.
“I thought it was a very odd inning from the greatest-ever finisher in white-ball cricket. This is the same bloke that in the 2011 World Cup final promoted himself up the order to whack the ball out of the ground. And see them beat Sri Lanka in Mumbai,” he said.
“Dhoni, more recently, has taken longer to get going, especially when spin is on. So, I wasn’t surprised by his start, especially against the leg-spin of Adil Rashid. But I was surprised he never really played a shot in anger until he got out”.