Though Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli cornered West Indies in their home conditions by clinching the five match One Day International series by 3-1, there is one man who is facing criticism and he is none other than birthday boy MS Dhoni. He started facing the heat after he registered the unwanted record of scoring the slowest 50 of his career. He achieved this ‘unwanted feat’ during the fourth ODI against the West Indies. Unfortunately, Indian team lost that match by 11 runs and all so called ‘cricket pundits’ started blaming MS Dhoni for it.
It is the slowest half-century scored by any Indian in ODIs in 16 years. During the innings, MS Dhoni was unable to find the gaps or time his shots well enough.
Recently, Indian skipper Virat Kohli came in defence of the wicket-keeper batsman. During the post match press conference on July 6, when a reporter asked Virat Kohli about his views on MS Dhoni’s diminishing form, to this he said: “He is striking the ball beautifully, you don’t need to tell him anything in terms of how to play a situation, how to build an innings.”
On MS Dhoni’s slowest 50-run knock, Virat said: “ I think it was only in the last game he couldn’t rotate the strike and before that he got a brilliant 70 or 80 odd not out.”
“I think we get too impatient by just one game, one knock. That can happen to anyone, any batsman can struggle and any batsman can get stuck on the crease, it happens to everyone even if you are in top form.”
Earlier, riding on Virat Kohli’s unbeaten century, ‘Men in Blue’ defeated West Indies by eight wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Sabina Park Stadium to lift the trophy.
Kohli (111 not out) and middle-order batsman Dinesh Karthik (50 not out) helped India on July 6 to outplay the hosts and clinched the five match ODI series 3-1.