With MS Dhoni out there in the middle, India’s dressing room and Indian fans were confident that Men in Blue will pull off the chase in the semifinal of the World Cup 2019 against Ne Zealand but a run-out in the penultimate over meant it was done and dusted for India. Dhoni was just inches away from making his ground but Martin Guptill’s throw was too quick.
While Dhoni hasn’t commented on that run-out in public, he spoke to India Today journalist Boria Majumdar, who revealed that Dhoni keeps asking himself why he didn’t dive on that day. Dhoni, who often dives to carry the ball when he does wicketkeeping, has never dived while taking a run. In the semi-final, he needed to dive to reach the safe mark but missed out on making his ground.
“I keep telling myself, why didn’t I dive. Those two inches I keep telling myself, ‘MS Dhoni, you should have dived,” Dhoni told Majumdar.
After Dhoni’s dismissal, Team India had an improbable task in hand and the Men in Blue faild to scale the chase, losing the semi-final by 18 runs. Dhoni’s batting position was one of the biggest talking points from the semi-final.
Chasing 240, India lost their top three batsmen for just five runs. Instead of sending an experienced campaigner like Dhoni, the team management sent Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya ahead of the former India captain.
Dhoni hasn’t played a competitive game since then. There is no update regarding his future but as per head coach Ravi Shastri, he will back in the scheme of things if he does well in IPL. Dhoni is set to lead Chennai Super Kings in the 13th edition of the league as well. Unsurprinslgy, he is set to miss the upcoming New Zealand series.