ISLAMABAD - When MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jhadav were batting in the last few overs, Former English legend Nasser Hussain questioned their approach and said they are not showing any intent to win the game and called their strategy baffling. India’s former skipper, Sourav Ganguly was also unable to justify what his countrymen were up to.
“I am completely baffled. What’s going on! This is not what India needed. They need runs. What are they doing? Some Indian fans are leaving now. Surely they must want to see Dhoni go for his shots, even if he slogs it off in the air. It’s a World Cup game, top 2 sides, give it a go! Indian fans would want their side to do a little bit more. They want their side to go down with a fight. Risk it to win it,” said Hussain during the last 10 overs of India’s chase.
He was of the view that having five wickets in hand in a losing cause while chasing 338 runs does not make any sense.
“I don’t have an explanation for that. You asked me the question but I can’t explain these singles. It’s also the length and the bounce that has deceived the Indian batsmen. You can’t be chasing 338 and still have 5 wickets in the end. It’s about mindset and the way you look at the game. The message had to be clear: no matter where it comes and no matter where the ball lands you have to find the boundary. A dot ball at this stage!,” said Ganguly.
India lost the game against England by 31 runs, leaving Pakistan hoping for a New Zealand victory against England for a berth in the semi final. In another scenario, hoping England to beat New Zealand with a big margin and Pakistan beating Bangladesh with a considerable margin so that they can surpass Kiwis on net run rate.