Sachin Tendulkar’s take on MS Dhoni strike rate a constructive message: Aakash Chopra

first_imgFormer India batsman Aakash Chopra said Sachin Tendulkar’s cricketing logic was absolutely spot on when he said MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav batted slowly in India’s tense win over Afghanistan on June 22.A section of fans on social media questioned Sachin Tendulkar’s take on MS Dhoni’s knock of 28 from 52 balls in the match against Afghanistan. Tendulkar said there was no positive intent when Dhoni and Jadhav were playing Afghanistan spinners in the middle overs.Dhoni and Jadhav added 47 runs in 14 overs for the 5th wicket and India finished with a below-par total of 224 runs. Afghanistan came up with a spirited reply but fell short of the target by 12 runs after a Mohammed Shami hat-trick.Speaking to India Today on Friday, Aakash Chopra said: “My view on all of this is, have a look at the message. You’re talking about Sachin Tendulkar who has given his life for cricket in India. It’s a constructive message. His cricketing logic is absolutely spot on. He is entitled to his opinion. He has said what he felt was right. I am in agreement with what he said. India did not show the intent against Afghanistan. Somebody had to say it and he said it.”Hardik Pandya saved the day vs West Indies: Aakash ChopraAakash Chopra also added that MS Dhoni should look to rotate strike from the initial stages of his innings in order to ease the pressure on his batting partners.”Nobody is suggesting that MS Dhoni should come in and start smashing immediately. The only thing… Virat would want the same, even if he were to admit it publicly, is that rotate strike. You do not have actually hit boundaries in the middle overs. That’s the template in ODI cricket these days. You saw what India did against Australia. You have to build to that stage,” Chopra added.advertisement”Unfortunately, that’s not been the case every single time. It did not happen against Afghanistan and even in the game against West Indies. In my opinion, Hardik Pandya saved the day against the West Indies. Hardik Pandya got more balls and that actually allowed Dhoni to take his time.”Dhoni is outstanding in taking the team to a position from where he can salvage it. God forbid, if he gets out, nobody can salvage it.”Dhoni struggled once again towards the start of his innings against West Indies but picked up pace towards the death over and finished with 56 runs from 61 balls. India posted 268 after Dhoni hit 2 sixes and a boundary in the final over before bowling West Indies out for 145.Batting great VVS Laxman questioned MS Dhoni’s approach, saying that his slow starts are something that the wicketkeeper-batsman needs to address quickly.”(Dhoni’s) strike-rate at the start of the innings was close to 45-50 and that is something that put the pressure on his team and his partner. It’s all good if you can finish off the innings in style but at the start, if he can show that positive intent especially against a spinner like Fabian Allen who is not going to give you room neither bowl short,” Laxman had told Star Sports.Nonetheless, Dhoni found support in captain Virat Kohli who played down concerns surrounding MS Dhoni’s strike rate.”When he (MS Dhoni) has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games,” Kohli said after India’s 125-run win over West Indies on Thursday.”The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them. His experience, 8 out of 10 times has come good for us. We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans,” the India captain added.Also Read | When MS Dhoni has an off day, everyone starts talking, says Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa dent Sri Lanka’s semi-final hopes with 9-wicket winAlso See:last_img

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