Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik pointed out India’s dipping performance in One Day Internationals since MS Dhoni retired from international cricket.
Dhoni led the Indian cricket team in 200 ODI matches before he stepped down from the captaincy role in 2017. Dhoni has played a vital role in assisting the bowlers, especially the spin bowlers in getting wickets during the crunch times.
India missing MS Dhoni’s presence on field?
Bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav, who is not playing for India for the last six months, has admitted that Dhoni has benefitted them with his tactical acumen.
Dinesh Karthik explains how India is missing MS Dhoni
India suffered a shocking defeat to South Africa 0-3 in the recently concluded three-match ODI series. The bowlers had a tough time on the field as they couldn’t chip in with wickets at crucial junctures.
Karthik mentioned that India is missing the presence of Dhoni as his guidance was very impactful for the bowlers’ success on the field.
“I think that the advent of their bowling has dipped because somebody like MS Dhoni has not been there post the (2019) World Cup. I’ve seen how much he helped them. They don’t need help when the going gets good or they’re bowling and getting beaten, or when they don’t know which way the bowl will turn,” Karthik told Cricbuzz.
“But when somebody hits a slog-sweep or just plays the reverse-sweep, then you have the wise words of wisdom coming from a man who has so much experience and they love him so much. They (are) worth the weight in gold.
“Virat Kohli could’ve been the captain in many of those matches, but who were they listening to? Definitely MS Dhoni. They trusted him completely. He really guided them well,” Karthik added.
Despite Deepak Chahar’s stupendous efforts with a 34-ball 54-run knock, which included five fours and a couple of sixes, India still fell four runs short from their chase of 287 in the third ODI against the Proteas on Sunday.