After India's heartbreaking loss against New Zealand in the World Cup Semi-Finals, India has been dropped out of the tournament. This turn of events is disappointing for the entire nation, especially for MS Dhoni, who is nearing his retirement. Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who had earlier spoken about MS Dhoni's lack of 'positive intent' during the India vs England match, now came to the latter's rescue. In an interview given to India Today, Sachin Tendulkar said that the team should not only rely on Dhoni for finishing matches.
At the interview, the Master Blaster expressed his disappointment about the fact that 240 was a comparatively easy run to chase. He also talked about how New Zealand got a dream start by getting 3 wickets upfront. Coming to the Indian team, the cricketer said that it was not fair for the team to only rely on specific cricketers like Kohli, Dhoni and Rohit Sharma to score well. The former cricketer was quoted as saying, "But I feel that we can’t be all the time relying on Rohit (Sharma) to give a good start or Virat (Kohli) to come and make sure that a solid foundation is built. Players around them also will have to take more responsibility. It’s not fair all the time to expect Dhoni to come and finish the game. He has done it time and again.”
Tendulkar also went on to say that the way New Zealand played the game was commendable. He also said that Kane Williamson's captaincy was "incredible." He told the news portal, “There came a stage where New Zealand kept things simple. If you saw their fast bowlers, they didn’t try too much upfront. They just bowled in the right areas, right channels and got those wickets.”
Sachin also Tweeted in support of Team India. Check it out:
It is definitely one of the low moments for the Indian cricket team. However, the team did try it's best to chase the target, losing out by just 18 runs. MS Dhoni and Ravinder Jadeja scored 50 and 77 respectively and scored 116 runs together after a very depressing 92 for 6. Despite trying their best, the Men In Blue were all out on 221 runs for 49.3 overs.Read More