Fans are heartbroken seeing MS Dhoni cry after India’s failed run chase


Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday proved why it was wrong for his critics to write him off as the veteran batsman rose to the occasion to build the Indian innings from a near disaster. India were reduced to 92/6 30.3 overs when Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease. The required run-rate was spiralling out of control and Dhoni had to both protect his wicket and provide the leadership to Jadeja, who hadn’t played much of cricket coming into the semi-final match.

Dhoni crying

Not only did Dhoni allow Jadeja to play big shots, but he also made sure that he matched his junior partner’s nimble-footedness by stealing quick singles and converting ones into twos or even threes despite being 38 years of age. This meant that the two were able to add 116 runs for the seventh wicket partnership. Soon, the victory looked within India’s reach.

Indian fans were still hopeful of a win after Jadeja departed in the 48th over. Soon after Jadeja returned to pavillion after playing a scintillating knock of 77 runs in 59 balls, Dhoni decided to take control of the Indian run-chase as he despatched Lockie Ferguson for a six. The reaction of New Zealand legend Ian Smith and Sourav Ganguly in the commentary box was quite telling.

Two balls later, Dhoni had run himself out, thanks to a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill. The ICC broadcast captured Dhoni’s walk with the former Indian captain crying.

No sooner did the video appear on the internet, his fans were left heartbroken.

New Zealand beat India by 18 runs to book a place in the final and will play either England or Australia at Lord’s on 14 July.