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Ex-players blast Dhoni over 3rd Test draw

Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
 
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Ex-players blast Dhoni over WI Test draw

ew Delhi, Jul 12: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni''s decision not to push for victory in the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies has come under flak by former cricketers who said it was "shocking" and unworthy of the number one team.

The players were surprised that the Indians chose to abandon the chase when all they required was 86 runs from the 15 mandatory overs with seven wickets remaining.

Former Indian middle-order batsman and now an expert commentator Sanjay Manjrekar was pretty scathing in his attack terming the decision "very undhoni like". He was also critical of the manner in which Rahul Dravid went about during the chase of 180 from 47 overs.

"Must confess.. was shocked to see match called off with 86 needed off 90 balls with quality batsmen left...very undhoni like," Manjrekar tweeted.

"Also could not understand Dravid's strike rate of 38 when chasing a target of 180 in about 46 overs," was another comment on his micro-blogging site.

About coach Duncan Fletcher defending Dhoni, Manjerakar said: "The coach has to defend his team. He hightlighted all the cricketing issues. Fair enough, but those cricketing issues and the conditions that you talked about, it would have convinced me had it been Australia, South Africa or England for that matter."

According to former India opener Aakash Chopra, India''s approach was not like it should be for the No 1 Test side in the world.

"Last night at 2am I asked myself a question--did we play like the #1 Test side? The answer was--No. Just a solitary attempt n den shut shop!" the Delhi lad tweeted.

"Promoting Raina was a positive move to counter Bishoo but it finished with his dismissal. Am I a bit harsh? Yes, but shouldn''t we all be?" Chopra questioned.

PTI

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