n the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India had to face the first defeat. England defeated them by 31 runs. Team India had to achieve the target of 338 runs, but the team could score 306 runs on 5 wickets. The slow batting team became the cause of defeat Especially, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav batted very slow in the last over. Due to this, Dhoni and Kedar are getting much criticism. But captain Virat Kohli has come in the defense of these two players.
Let us know that India has played 7 matches in this World Cup. Out of which he won 5 matches, in addition to one match cancellation, he got the defeat in England’s match. With this, the sequence of India’s unbeatable World Cup has also broken. At the same time, England defeated India in the World Cup 27 years later.
In Edgbaston, India could not achieve the target of 338 runs against England. For India, Rohit Sharma, 102 and captain Virat played fine innings of 66 runs. Apart from them, Rishabh Pant (32) and Hardik Pandya (45) batted with ease, but Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav did extremely slow batting at the end.
But Dhoni and Kedar’s failed attempt by Indian captain Virat Kohli defended them. Kohli defended both his players and said – We lost the wicket in regular intervals. It is not good to lose wickets when it is to achieve big goals, which can cause a lot of pressure on later batsmen. In such circumstances, the later batsmen do not have much overs to play, but the goal in front of them becomes quite big. Goals and pressure increases with each empty ball. But we can not take credit for England’s good game. His batting, bowling, fielding were better than us and therefore he won.
I think Dhoni was trying to play big shots, But the ball was not coming right on the bat. The England bowlers bowled well and they did not even give a chance to Dhoni and Kedar. Instead of criticizing Dhoni and Kedar, I think his efforts should be appreciated.
Even when Dhoni and Kedar were batting, the target was huge but it was not possible. But these two never saw the pursuit of the goal. Instead of attacking the bowlers of both the England, the wicket is saved by playing. When the team needed big shots, then both of them were taking one or two runs each.
The match went completely out of India’s grip. When Hardik Pandya was dismissed, India needed 71 runs, but both of them made only 31 runs in 31 balls. Dhoni scored 42 runs in 31 balls with 4 fours and 1 six, and Jadhav scored 12 runs in 13 balls with 1 four. Former Indian captains Sourav Ganguly, Sanjay Manjrekar and Nasir Hussain were criticized by many veterans while commenting on Dhoni and Kedar’s slow batting.