Virat Kohli has a habit of scripting history on various and the story was no different in India’s clash against England in the ongoing world cup. The Indian skipper became the first captain to score five half centuries on a trot in the world cup. The record was held by Mohammad Azharuddin who scored four back to back half centuries in 1992 world cup in Australia.
The Delhi lad also broke the record of Rahul Dravid to become the leading run scorer for India in England. The wall of India had earlier scored 1,238 runs on England soil.
Earlier in the game, England reached 337/7 at the end of 50 overs courtesy Jonny Bairstow’s impressive innings of 111 runs, well complimented by Jason Roy(66), Ben Stokes(79). Mohammed Shami yet again shined for India with the ball by picking up 4 wickets in the game.
Chasing a mammoth target, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli gave a ray of hope to the Indian fans by putting up a 138 run stand for the second wicket but it was all England after the fall of their wicket. Too much was left for Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni in the death overs and as a result, India lost by 31 runs.
However, Dhoni’s slow innings was criticized by the fans and they asked Virat Kohli to include Dinesh Karthik in place of Dhoni for the next game. Dhoni played a slow innings against West Indies but it later turned out to be a match winning knock considering the context of the pitch but his legacy of striking the ball to a farther distance has made the fans go greedy for more.
Stats that will restore your faith in Dhoni
The Ranchi lad had remained not out for 50 times in a chase that is most by any batsman of the world. Only two times India has lost when he was not out-
1- 54* vs Pakistan in 2013
2- 42* vs England in 2019
Dhoni had earlier opened up about the role of a finisher and said that its a gamble which won’t work every time he steps on the cricket field.
“It’s not an easy job, it doesn’t always work your way, especially you know, you have to play the big shot. When you bat down the order you have to take the blame especially because of the fact that when you finish many games, people always remember the ones you have not finished,” Dhoni said.
A message from the author
MS Dhoni was named the captain of India’s 2007 World T20 squad when people were backing Yuvraj to lead the team. He created the magic and won the trophy for India with all the big boys rested. When people doubted his form in the world cup, he promoted himself up the order and played a blistering innings to win the 2011 world cup for India. When the team was going through transition, he won his country the 2013 Champions trophy. When the world didn’t trusted him, he roared and turned the tables. He has been doing it for years and will continue doing it if we start appreciating his efforts.