Time and again, MS Dhoni has fared poor enough to get under the hammer. Though he contributes, the pace at which he scores runs keeps everyone worried. Meanwhile, the veteran India keeper fell at the wrong end of things during the Vizag T20I against Australia. As India struggled to find the rhythm in the middle overs; courtesy a cluster of wickets falling – MS Dhoni didn’t get enough support to get his team past the par score. What’s worse? He didn’t rotate the strike nor could find gaps. As a result, the hosts managed 126 for seven in 20 overs and lost the game by three wickets.

Ageing Dhoni has cost India, again!

It’s not for the first time, India didn’t take hold of a situation when MS Dhoni is around. Though, by stats, he is perhaps the greatest finisher in limited-overs cricket; Dhoni’s prowess has dipped with passing age. During the Sydney ODI in Australia early this year, he managed to score a 50 – but took nearly 90 plus balls to reach there. Thus, the pressure got built, and India had to face the wrath at the end of the match.

Coming to the Vizag T20I, MS came to bat at number five. KL Rahul, who looked settle at that time, dropped the hat and got out soon after. It was a matter of time before Dinesh Karthik, and Krunal Pandya fell as well. Reeling at 100 for six in 15 overs, it all boiled to Dhoni to get India close to a par score.

MS Dhoni, Vizag T20I, India vs Australia 2019
MS Dhoni. Image Courtesy: Getty

However, what unfolded later, left the Indian fans disappointed. MS Dhoni, along with the tailenders managed a mere 26 runs in next five overs with a couple of boundaries. Not only this, MS didn’t take as many as eight singles – also failing to compensate it by not hitting either of fours or sixes. As India lost the close encounter, fans on Twitter bashed the veteran Indian for his slow innings (29 off 37 balls)

Here is how Twitter reacted –

https://twitter.com/anonymousguy194/status/1099836529986420737

https://twitter.com/style_wick/status/1099750682091900928

https://twitter.com/rickypatel26/status/1099731742716514305