CWC 2019: Sachin Tendulkar Criticizes Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav’s Partnership From India’s Last Gasp Win Against Afghanistan

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Cricket World Cup gave us another memorable match when India and Afghanistan locked horns recently. Virat Kohli’s men had the last laugh as they won the game by 11 runs but it wasn’t pretty, nor was it an ideal or confidence-boosting win against a side languishing at the bottom of the points tally.

Afghanistan for all their merit proved yet again that they cannot be taken lightly despite their form in this World Cup. The bottom-placed team came up with a renewed vigor despite going winless and exposed some of India’s shortcomings in the game, especially in their batting. Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar conceded that he was not happy with the Indian middle-order’s approach to the game and felt that the batsmen lacked intent in the middle overs.

India won the toss and decided to bat first but their performance was hardly inspiring. Indian openers failed to establish themselves in the game and the middle orders’ woes were open for all to see. Sachin wasn’t entirely pleased with India’s batting either as he had some hard words for Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav’s showings against Afghanistan.

“I felt slightly disappointed. It could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. We batted 34 overs of spin bowling and scored 119 runs. This was one area where we didn’t look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by India Today.

“There were more than 2-3 dot balls. After Virat got out in the 38th over and till the 45th over we hadn’t scored many runs. There were not enough outings for the middle order batsmen till now and that put pressure on them. But the intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen.” The maestro said Jadhav looked rusty since he did not have much of a chance to bat in the middle and score.

India’s next game is against West Indies as they are still unbeaten at the World Cup.

Published by Amrit Santlani on 24 Jun 2019

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