Are Indians being ungrateful by targeting Mahendra Singh Dhoni for defeat against England?


The Indian cricket team’s defeat at the hands of England at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Sunday has shifted the focus of the debate to Mahendra Singh Dhoni with many squarely blaming the former India captain for India’s loss.

India needed to score a little over 10 runs an over when Dhoni and Hardik Pandya were batting. Pandya’s blistering cameo innings of 45 showed that the last-minute acceleration was possible. But, Indian fans and cricket experts appeared incensed after Pandya returned to pavilion in his attempt to score boundaries, Dhoni and the next batsman Kedar Jadhav did not allegedly increase the run-rate.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was commentating on the match, was heard saying in exasperation, “I have no explanation for that.” Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar too found Dhoni’s reluctance to go for the run-chase ‘baffling. He wrote on Twitter, “If there was any team that had the ability to stop India’s winning run. It was England. Dhoni’s approach in the last few overs, however, was baffling.”

Social media users were even brutal in their criticism for Dhoni with the microblogging site Twitter inundated with criticism for and memes mocking the former India captain.

However, there were many, who called those baying for Dhoni’s blood a bunch of ungrateful fans who had forgotten the laurels earned by Dhoni for his country as the captain of the national team. India won the inaugural T20 World Cup under Dhoni’s captaincy before winning the 2011 World Cup. Two years later, the charismatic skipper also led India to win the Champions Trophy.

This is what fans wrote in Dhoni’s support:

What Dhoni’s haters failed to notice that the English captain had changed his game plan at the beginning of the last power play when he introduced his top bowler Jofra Acrher once again. Known for bowling at a speed of 145-150 km speed, Archer was seen bowling almost like a leg-cutter at an average speed of 120 km. This made Indian batsmen’s ability to go for big shots that much difficult. Even Liam Plunkett, who followed Archer considerably slowed down his pace in the dying overs.

According to many experts, the wicket too had slowed down considerably towards the end of the match.


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