Former England captain Michael Vaughan took a cheeky dig at Team India ahead of their match against Bangladesh on Tuesday. India copped a lot of criticism from commentators, pundits and fans after the way the team lost against England in their last match on Sunday.
Chasing 338 for victory, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showed absolutely no intent in the death overs, took singles and played out dot balls instead of trying to hit the big shots as the team eventually lost by 31 runs and suffered their first loss of the tournament in seven matches.
Commentators Nasser Hussain, Sanjay Manjrekar and Sourav Ganguly were “baffled” with the way Dhoni and Jadhav batted after the dismissals of Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, who had kept India in the hunt during their partnership.
India needed 71 off 5.1 overs when Kedar Jadhav walked in to join MS Dhoni in the middle against England on Sunday. It was a steep ask but not impossible on a flat pitch and small boundaries.
Inexplicably, Jadhav and Dhoni played out 7 dots and ran 20 singles in the 31 balls they faced together. MS Dhoni hit the only six of the Indian innings in the final over when it was game over for India.
Michael Vaughan on Tuesday took replied to a tweet by Harsha Bhogle, who appreciated the way the West Indies fought till the very end against Sri Lanka in the 39th match of the tournament on Monday.
Chasing a mammoth target of 339 for victory, the Windies rode on Nicholas Pooran’s valiant 118 off 103 balls to reach 315 for 9 in 50 overs and eventually lost by 23 runs, even after they were reduced to 84 for 4 in the 18th over.
“Got to love the West Indies. Even when the target is seemingly beyond reach, they keep going for it,” Harsha Bhogle tweeted.
India will be facing Bangladesh in Birmingham on Tuesday with a spot in the semi-finals on the line. The Men in Blue need one win from their remaining two games to qualify.
Bangladesh meanwhile, need to win both their remaining matches and then hope for England and Pakistan lose their final group game to have a chance of advancing further.