MS Dhoni, one of the finest finishers of the game, was sent into bat at No.7 during India’s chase in the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand, reports sports.ndtv.com.
The decision to sent MS Dhoni lower-down the order caused quite a stir with the cricket fraternity questioning the team management’s decision. MS Dhoni was sent into bat after Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya. India head coach Ravi Shastri, however, cleared the air on the stand and said, it was a team decision. Shastri, whose, contract has been extended by 45, also said, the team needed MS Dhoni’s experience in the final overs. “It was a team decision. Everyone was in with it — and it was a simple decision, too. Last thing you wanted was Dhoni coming out to bat early and getting out — that would have killed the chase,” Shastri was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.