Time for Dhoni to take the blame for India's loss?

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Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 20:51 [IST]
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Team India skipper MS Dhoni is known for his slow starts as he takes more time to settle down, before going for the shots and the second T20 against New Zealand also showed a similar show, as he should be held responsible for not finishing well and guiding India safe.

Dhoni should take the blame for loss?

Dhoni, has been criticised a lot for adopting such an approach as it would give a thrilling finish but it cannot go in India's favour everytime, and this should be considered as a wake-up call, as India are heading to Sri Lanka to play the T20 World Cup.

India skipper has been getting into trouble with such ideals, as Gautam Gambhir had also commented on his skipper's approach which puts a lot of pressure on the batsmen, as the result could be affected since a player cannot handle the pressure the same way all the time.

Infact it turned out to be true on a slow pitch, as Dhoni consumed 23 deliveries to score 22 runs, which suggested that he could have finished the game well within 19 overs as India needed just 7 runs per over to win the match while he walked into the field.

There are many occasions when Dhoni has taken it to the wire especially during IPL and other ODIs and T20s in the last few months. Though India have won it many a times, his approach needs attention, as India cannot get away with this approach especially in a mega event like T20 World Cup.

This being the shortest format of the game, every ball counts and having played T20s for a while now, Dhoni should have taken on the baton from Kohli, and with Yuvraj at the other end, could have guided India safe, as they needed 48 to win off 40 balls, while Dhoni walked in.

At that moment India could have easily won it, as Yuvraj was set and Dhoni, supposedly the 'best finisher' could have won the game for India.

But having played 23 balls, Dhoni managed just 22 runs, which could have been another reason for losing the game by a run.

Rather than blaming the pitch for his mistake, is Dhoni ready to take the blame?

Now, with India playing the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, conditions pretty similar to Chennai strip, as the wickets there assist spin and are quite slow, it's hightime Dhoni comes up with a different game plan related to his batting in T20s.


Story first published:  Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 13:16 [IST]
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