Yograj Singh, father of Yuvraj Singh and former India batsman, has questioned MS Dhoni‘s tactics during India’s semifinal loss against New Zealand. Yograj Singh has made it a habit of criticising MS Dhoni and has taken another shot at the former India skipper. India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs to bow out of the World Cup.
Defending 239, Matt Henry and Trent Boult ran through India’s top-order to put New Zealand on top of the proceedings. Henry sent back Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul while Boult dismissed Virat Kohli to leave India reeling at 5 for 3. India soon found themselves 4 down for 24.
By the time MS Dhoni came to the crease, India were reeling at 71 for 5 with Rishabh Pant back in the hut too. A little while later, Hardik Pandya departed too to leave the side 6 down for 92. The game looked all but over for Team India at that stage. But before New Zealand could make further inroads in the game, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja stopped the rot.
In fact, the two revived India’s hopes with a stunning 116-run stand. However, with India needing 37 more runs, Jadeja miscued his shot to depart after playing arguably his best knock. The southpaw scored 77 off just 59 deliveries with the help of four boundaries and as many sixes. MS Dhoni tried for a while but a run-out ended his heroics too as India were all out for 221. Dhoni scored 50 off 72.
However, Dhoni’s efforts have not impressed Yograj Singh. Speaking to NNIS Sports, the former India batsman said that Dhoni should have gone for the big shots instead of asking his younger teammates to do it.
“One boy (Ravindra Jadeja) comes and he starts playing the big shots at will without any worry. You are batting on the other end. You are telling him to play the shots while he was batting on 77. Before that, you told Hardik Pandya to take on the spinners,” said Yograj Singh.
“Mr Mahendra Singh Dhoni, you have played so much cricket. Don’t you have any sense about what to do and what not. Did Yuvraj ever tell any other player to play the shots like you do? You got so many half-volleys, you hit huge sixes, what happened to you at that moment? Were you worried? You should have got out. What difference would it have made?,” added Yograj Singh