MS Dhoni’s low and steady knock of 56 off 61 balls against West Indies at Old Trafford. Dhoni walked in with India on 122/3 in 27th over against Afghanistan, when Virat Kohli departed after scoring a breezy-century, Dhoni decided he will bat long. He scratched his way to 28 runs off 52 balls, including 33 dots.
India scored 224 runs, but because the bowling stood up to an inexperienced and nervous Afghanistan, the scoreboard shows an 11 run win. Howeverm 37 year old cricketer found it hard to rotate the strike. Dhoni scored 28 off 52 balls before Rashid Khan got the better of him. It was Jasprint Bumrah’s death bowling and Mohammed Shami’s late hat-trick saved the day for India.
— Deepak Bhakhar (@deepak_bhakhar) June 27, 2019
However, Dhoni, batting at 8 , danced down the track to a Fabian Allen delivery, only to get beaten. But wicket keeper Shai Hope made a mess of a stumping chance as he failed to collect the ball cleanly.
MS Dhoni arrived in 29th over and hit a four on the fourth ball he faced. Kohli departed 10 overs later, but Dhoni simply forgot to pick singles even before the skipper’s dismissal.
India hit just three boundaries between Dhoni’s arrival and Kohli’s departure (overs 28. 6 to 38.2). Fabian Allen, playing his eight One Day International and with the lone international wicket of Mohammad Mithun to his name.
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Dhoni scores 17 runs of 32 balls in this period while Kohli faces 24 balls in this phase for his 21 runs. In overs 31-40, India score 38/1- the momentum that Kohli has assiduously built is gone, once again.
As per a report of CricViz Analyst, In ODI in 2019, MS Dhoni’s low strike rate in the first 15 balls of his innings is just 35.18. Only two players in world cricket scored more slowly than him in that stage their Innings.
In ODIs in 2019, MS Dhoni's strike rate in the first 15 balls of his innings is just 35.18. Only two players in world cricket have scored more slowly than him in that stage of their innings. #CWC19 #WIvInd pic.twitter.com/66iHXO92z1
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 27, 2019
In a recent report of India Today, Dhoni, who has been criticized in the past for his slow strike rate, was once against at the centre of the trolls on social media.
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