England allrounder Ben Stokes has recalled India vs England match in WC2019 at Birmingham. He said that he was baffled by India’s run chasing strategy. He also mentioned that the way two main players Virat and Rohit played in the 138 run stand was “mystifying”. Lastly, he said Dhoni showed “no intent” to accelerate the run rate, which cost India to lose that match by 31 runs.
In his newly written book “On fire” published by “Headline books” Stokes analyzed each of England’s game in their World-cup winning campaign .“Arguably, the way MS Dhoni played when he came in with 112 runs needed from 11 overs was even stranger. He appeared more intent on singles than sixes. Even with a dozen balls remaining, India could still have won.”
Stokes on Dhoni
“…there was little or no intent from him (Dhoni) or his partner Kedar Jadhav. To me, while victory is still possible you always go for broke,” Stokes added in his book.“There is a theory in our camp that Dhoni’s way of playing has always been the same. Even if India can’t win the game, he takes it right to the end to try to make sure that India’s run-rate stays relatively healthy,” Stokes mentioned. “His big thing has always been to give himself a chance of winning by being at the crease for the final over, but he generally likes to stick around to get as close to a target as possible even in a losing cause.”
Stokes also lashed Virat Kohli’s complaints about the “59-meter” boundary on one side “Whingeing” in the post-match presentation ceremony. “I have never heard such a bizarre complaint after a match. Both teams have to bat out there and get the same number of balls, so how can the playing area’s dimensions be an advantage to one team or the other?” he added.
With so many controversial comments about Indian modern legends, Ben Stokes Book “On fire” will undoubtedly be a hot topic among cricket fans for the next few days.